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|The Lamb of God
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away
the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he
was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come
baptizing with water.
And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou
shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy
Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he
saith, Behold the Lamb of God! (John 1:29-36 KJV)
Behold the Lamb of God
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
The Lamb provided by God takes away the sins of the world.
When Abraham was stopped from offering Isaac as a sacrifice, God provided the sacrifice. This taught
that God would provide the sacrifice that was necessary, and it would not and could not be the
sacrifice of any mere man, either in provision or reality.
Jesus is our Passover. As the blood of the Passover caused God to pass over that household and spare
the life of the firstborn, so the blood of Christ causes God to pass over our soul and not visit the
punishment for our sin.
Passover (Exodus 12:1-28)
(1 Corinthians 5:7-8)
Phillip shows the Ethiopian Eunich that the place he was reading in Isaiah, referred to Jesus as a
lamb being led to the slaughter.
Peter refers to Jesus as a Lamb in the tradition of the Passover, and other sacrifices for sins and
trespasses under the Old Covenant. Those sacrifices needed to be without spot or blemish.
(1 Peter 1:17-21)
Jesus is called the Lamb repeatedly in the Revelation. This is the image of Jesus most repeated after
He ascended into heaven.
Revelation 5:6, 8, 12, 13; 6:1, 16; 7:9, 10, 14, 17; 12:11; 13:8, 11; 14:1, 4, 10; 15:3; 17:14; 19:7, 9; 21:9,
14, 22, 23,27; 22:1, 3
And saith, Behold, the Lamb of God. Lambs were commonly used for sin-offerings (Le 4:32), and three of
them were sacrificed in the cleansing of a leper (Le 14:10). A lamb was also the victim of the morning (9 A.
M.) and evening (3 P.M.) sacrifice (Ex 29:38)--the hours when Jesus was nailed to the cross and when he
expired. A lamb was also the victim at the paschal supper. The great prophecy of Isaiah, setting forth the
vicarious sacrifice of Christ (Isa 53:1-12) depicts him as a lamb, and in terms which answer closely to the
words here used by John. The Jews to whom John spoke readily understood his allusion as being to
sacrificial lambs; but they could not understand his meaning, for they had no thought of the sacrifice of a
person. Jesus is called the Lamb of God because he is the lamb or sacrifice which God provided and
accepted as the true and only sin-offering (Heb 10:4-14; 1Pe 1:19).
That taketh away the sin of the world! The present tense, "taketh," is used because the expiatory effect of
Christ's sacrifice is perpetual, and the fountain of his forgiveness never fails. Expiated sin is this spoken of
as being taken away (Le 10:17; Ex 34:7; Nu 14:18). Some, seeking to avoid the vicarious nature of Christ's
sacrifice, claim that the Baptist means that Jesus would gradually lift the world out of sin by his teaching.
But lambs do not teach, and sin is not removed by teaching, but by sacrifice (Heb 9:22; Re 5:9). Jesus was
sacrificed for the world, that is, for the entire human family in all ages. All are bought, but all do not
acknowledge the purchase (2Pe 2:1). He gives liberty to all, but all do not receive it, and some having
received it return again to bondage (Ga 4:9). The Baptist had baptized for the remission of sins. He now
points his converts to him who would make this promise good unto their souls. A Christian looks upon
Christ as one who has taken away his past sin (1Pe 2:24), and who will forgive his present sin (1Jo 1:9).
The Fourfold Gospel
The Son of God
… this is the Son of God.
Jesus is the Lamb of God; but, He is more than this – He is the Son of God. Not only the Son of God,
but the only-begotten Son of God, born of the Father and an earthly mother into the flesh, Who was
equal with the Father.
(Psalms 2:6-8 KJV)
(John 6:67-69) (John 11:26-27) (Matthew 3:13-17) (Matthew 8:28-29) (Matthew 16:13-17) (Matthew 27:
38-43) (1 John 4:9-14)
Joh 1:18; 3:16-18,35; 5:23-27; 6:69; 10:30; 11:27; 19:7; 20:28,31; Ps 2:7; 89:26,27; Mt 3:17; 4:3; 8:29;
11:27; 16:16; 17:5; 26:63; Mt 27:40,43,54; Mr 1:1,11; Lu 1:35; 3:22; Ro 1:4; 2Co 1:19; Heb 1:1,2,5; 7:3;
1Jo 2:23; 3:8; 4:9,14; 5:9-13,20; 2Jo 1:9; Re 2:18
And have borne witness that this is the Son of God. This is the climax of John's testimony. It was
twofold, embracing the results of the two senses of sight and hearing. 1. John saw the dove-like
apparition of the Spirit, which convinced him that Jesus was the one to baptize in the Spirit. 2. He
heard the voice of the Father, which convinced him that Jesus was the Son of God. As to each of these
two facts he had a separate revelation, appealing to a different sense, and each given by the
personage of the Deity more nearly concerned in the matter revealed. John was not only to prepare
the people to receive Christ by calling them to repentance, and baptizing them for the remission of
their sins; there was another work equally great and important to be performed. Their heads as well
as their hearts needed his preparatory services. His testimony ran counter to and corrected popular
opinion concerning Christ. We see that John corrected four errors: 1. The Jews looked for a Messiah
of no greater spiritual worthiness than John himself, but the Baptist disclaimed even the right to
unlace the Lord's shoe, that he might emphasize the difference between himself and the Messiah in
point of spiritual excellency. 2. The Jews looked for one who would come after Moses, David, and the
prophets, and lost sight of the fact that he would be before them, both in point of time and of honor
(Mt 22:41-46). 3. The Jews looked for a liberator from earthly bondage--a glorious king; John
pointed them to a liberator from spiritual bondage, a perfect sacrifice acceptable to God. 4. The Jews
looked for a human Messiah, a son of David. John enlarged their idea, by pointing them to a Messiah
who was also the Son of God. When the Jews accept John's guidance as a prophet, they will believe in
the Messiahship of Jesus.
The Fourfold Gospel
Behold the Lamb of God!
The first time John says this phrase it is a statement. This time it is an exclamation -- ! In case you
did not catch it, or understand what was said before, let it soak in. Jesus is the Lamb of God! Shout it
from the mountain tops. Let all the world know. The Savior of the world has come, and Jesus is His
Ex 12:3; Isa 53:7,11; Joh 1:36; Ac 8:32; 1Co 15:3; Ga 1:4; Heb 1:3; 2:17; 9:28; 1Pe 1:19; 2:24; 3:18; 1Jo
2:2; 3:5; 4:10; Re 1:5; 5:6; Joh 1:15,27; Mal 3:1; Mt 3:6; Lu 1:17,76-77; 3:3-4; Mt 3:16; Mr 1:10; Lu 3:
22; Joh 5:32; Mt 3:11; Ac 1:5; 2:4; 10:44; 19:6; Joh 1:29