Jesus is… the Lamb of God, by Ty Tamasaka
“29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” John 1:29-36 NIV (emphasis mine)
Before we move forward in John 1, we should look back… all the way back to Genesis 22. There we find Abraham in his old age climbing Mount Moriah with his son Isaac by his side. Abraham climbs the mountain with a heavy heart. Abraham climbed the mountain to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice in obedience to the Lord.
In Genesis 22:7, young Isaac posed a question that rang through the Old Testament.
“Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
We know the end of Abraham’s story. We know that before Abraham sacrificed Isaac, God stopped him and provided a lamb to sacrifice. We know that God desires obedience over sacrifice. But we also know that a sacrifice needed to be made.
Many generations later, John the Baptist points to Jesus as the “Lamb of God.”
There are three declarations about the Lamb of God throughout the Bible.
1 – “Where is the lamb?” Genesis 22:7 – In Genesis 22:7, the cry of the Old Testament is revealed. Where is the lamb? Where is the sacrifice? How can we be made right with God?
The message of the Lamb of God grows wider and becomes more encompassing as you travel through Scripture. In Genesis, as Abel brought a lamb for sacrifice we see a lamb offered for an individual. In Exodus, each household sacrificed a lamb during Passover. Each family offered a lamb for their firstborn. In Leviticus, when the people of Israel were instructed to sacrifice a lamb, we see a lamb offered for a nation. The lambs in the Old Testament were offered for the sins of Israel. A time was coming when the Lamb of God would come and be offered for the sins of the whole world.
“Where is the lamb?” That question is answered in John 1:29.
2 – “Look, the Lamb of God” John 1:29 – In John 1:29, we find the answer to the cry of the Old Testament. We find the hope of the New Testament. John the Baptist points out that the Lamb of God has come as Jesus Christ. John identifies Jesus as the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus has arrived. Jesus is unique. Jesus is the Lamb of God who would be offered for the sin of the world.
In the book of John, Jesus answers the question, “Where is the lamb?” Jesus is announced as the “Lamb of God.” Is He sufficient? Let’s look at Revelation 5:12-13.
3 – “Worthy is the Lamb!” Revelation 5:12-13 – In the closing of the Bible, we come to Revelation. In Revelation 5, we find ten thousand angels declaring, “Worthy is the Lamb!” Is the sacrifice enough? Yes! The lamb is worthy. Is it complete? Yes. The lamb is worthy.
“Yes!” the angels and all of Heaven declare! “Worthy is the Lamb!”
The blood of the lamb was enough to cover the sin of the Israelites in Egypt. The lamb of God removes the sin of the world.
The blood of the lambs slain in the tabernacle or temple merely covered sin. The blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God takes away sin of the world (Hebrews 10:1-4).
Heavenly Father thank You for the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world! In the awesome name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.