Behold 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.” (John 1:29)
What a revelation God gave his prophet John the Baptist. John was sold out to God and living in the wilderness awaiting the day of his showing. He was growing strong in the spirit eating the honey of the word of God. He pointed to Jesus – he pointed to a man – they expected to see a lamb.
All the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament were summed up when John preached this tremendous light and truth – Behold the Lamb of God. The Lamb of God is a man – the son of man and he’s also the son of God. John said – “And I saw, and bare record that this is the son of God.” (vs.34)
Now let’s trace this doctrine of the Lamb of God through the bible starting from Genesis. In (Gen.3:21) it is written – “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins and clothed them.” Lamb skins – bloody lamb skins – to cover their nakedness and shame and guilt of their sins. They were sinners now, ashamed and naked, hiding in fear of God and starting to die physically and already dead spiritually. Soon to be kicked out of the Garden of Eden – “The wages of sin is death.”
They tried to cover up their sins by their good works of fig leaves aprons. This was the original cover-up of the human race. But God was merciful and full of grace and he provided a covering. Atonement means a covering. Because God loved them, he covered them with a bloody lamb skin of a dead lamb. God was already pointing to his beloved son – the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world – The perfect, supreme atonement. First in the Old Testament – the animal – but now in the New Testament – the Lord Jesus. And “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” (Rom.10:11).
Next – Adam and Eve had two sons – Cain and Abel. (Gen.4:1-7) “Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock.”- (vs.3-4). Cain made up his own religion and rejected God’s word, but Abel followed the word of God and offered a lamb for sacrifice. Cain went his own way – not God’s way. You can’t be saved and get to heaven your own way. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) It’s not the Moslem way, or the Buddhist way or the Hindu way or the way of Cain etc. etc. It must be the Lamb of God way.
It is written in (Gen.22) where God tried Abraham’s faith by telling him to offer up his son Isaac as a lamb sacrifice. In (vs.8) “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” Isaac, a type of Christ, an obedient son, carried his own wood for the sacrifice even as Christ carried his cross. God provides himself a lamb. Jesus is God – he provided himself as the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.
This is the best picture we have of God the
Father offering up his only begotten son as the perfect, supreme sacrifice on
Later, Solomon’s temple was built here on
In (Ex.12) is the Passover, when God
redeemed the Israelites out of bondage in
Jesus was crucified on the day of Passover, the very time the Jews were killing the lambs and placing the blood around the doors. John the Baptist had preached to them, preparing the way for Jesus. He said that Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God, the Son of God. John pointed him out – pointed right to him. God was changing from the animal sacrifice to a human sacrifice. But most wouldn’t listen. The blood of beasts can never take away sins.
Mary had a little lamb – his fleece was white as snow
If you’re washed in the lamb’s blood – to hell you will not go
Behold the Lamb of God
It is written
in (Lev.3) “If he offer a lamb for his
offering, then shall he offer it before the Lord. And he shall lay his hand
upon the head of his offering, and kill it before the tabernacle.”
(vs.7-8). See the priest lay his hands on the head of
the lamb. Every single offering was killed this way, with the hands on the skull. God was pointing directly to
In (Isaiah 53) we see a perfect picture of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God. “He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.”- (vs.7). The lamb is a man who will be slaughtered and killed for our sins. How plain it is. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”- (vs.6). And again in (vs.11) - ““For he shall bear their iniquities.” Like the scapegoat on the day of atonement, Jesus Christ will bear our sins, if we get saved.
God gave us a scapegoat – His son on the cross
He became sin for the world – His blood was the cost
In Revelation, the Lamb of God is the center of attention. He’s at the right hand of his Father’s throne. The lamb is in this book 29 times, in all of His glory. In (Rev. 5) it is written, “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation … Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” (vs. 9 & 12).
The Lamb is coming back in glory as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to rule the whole earth as Emperor. Will you come back with Him? Have you been washed in His blood for remission of your sins? Are you the bride of Christ? Will you take part in the marriage supper of the Lamb?
The Lamb is coming back as the Lion of the
If you’ve been redeemed by the Lamb, you shall reign with Him for the 1000 yr. millennium, “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests and we shall reign on the earth.” - (Rev.5:10)
After the millennium, in (Rev.21) we see New Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven. As it is written in (vs.23-27) “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.”
When you’re saved and born again, your name is written down in the Lamb’s book of life. Is your name written there? Are you saved? Take heed to God’s way of Salvation. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Rev.20:15). Behold the Lamb of God.