Summary: Jesus is the Lamb of God
Behold, the Lamb of God!
July 3, 2011
“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
This is a Scripture worthy of memorization and full of hope: Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.
We’re actually given a picture of this Lamb in the Old Testament. Remember that the Israelites were in bondage in Israel for 400 years, and the Pharaohs treated them cruelly and forced them to harsh labor until God sent a prophet named Moses to command their freedom.
The Pharaoh of that time refused and so God sent His plagues on the whole nation. The water was turned to blood, the people’s homes were infested with frogs and lice and flies, several of their cattle died, the Egyptian people were covered with boils, hail and locusts destroyed their crops, and they were plunged into a deep darkness.
Finally, for the climax that would cause the Egyptians to relent, God promised to take the lives of all the firstborn of Egypt in what is called the Passover. We read about it in Exodus 12 after God has commanded His people to take a lamb from their flock:
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 6And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 7And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. […] 12For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 13And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt (Exodus 12:5-7, 12-13).
So the people were to take a young lamb that didn’t have any spots or speckles on it, and they were to kill it and eat it. All the blood was to be painted onto the door frames of their houses so that none of the people inside would die by the final plague.
This demonstration was a shadow or a symbol of the Lamb that would later be provided by God Himself to take away the sin of the world! Just as the blood of the lamb in the Passover reminded the Lord that the people were covered and should live, so the Lamb of the cross has secured for us life and innocence!
And it’s for that reason that John points Him out when he sees Him, and it’s for that reason that we still point Him out and preach His name today:
Stop and behold Jesus Christ
This right here is the first step in salvation for a man. We see that we’re just as guilty in crime as the Egyptians were and that we deserve the wrath of God just as much as they, but we trust that God will spare our lives because someone else has shed His blood on our behalf.
The blood of that little Lamb at the Passover symbolized the requirement for sin’s payment. Jesus is the substance of the shadow, and He is worthy to be adored and admired—He’s worthy to receive praise and be called Lord!