What does it mean to be the lamb of God?
This is hard to understand since there is no sacrificial system in religious life today. The jewish, christian and islamic faiths don’t have it (at least not for thousands of years now). It is a concept without a home.
And John looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” | John 1:36
Now this is some good news. Jesus, under the sacrificial system established in the old agreement, takes away my penalty for missing God’s goals for my life.
- John 1:29 — The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
- 1 Corinthians 5:7 — Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For the Messiah our Passover also has been sacrificed.
The whole sacrificial system established by God in the Old Testament set the stage for the coming of Jesus The Messiah, who is the perfect sacrifice God would provide as atonement for the missing of God’s goals (sins) of His people.
- 1 Peter 1:19 — but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of the Messiah.
- Revelation 5:6 — And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.
What is the big deal about Jesus being the lamb of God? They are cute and all but they tend to wander off a lot. They don’t seem to be the brightest of animals. Okay, let’s dig in and learn more.
When Jesus is called the Lamb of God in John 1:29 and John 1:36, it is referring to Him as the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for my missing God’s goal (sin). In order to understand who The Messiah was and what He did, I must begin with the Old Testament (aka agreement), which contains prophecies concerning the coming of The Messiah as a “guilt offering” (Isaiah 53:10).
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