What went through John’s mind when he saw Jesus coming towards him? He didn’t know Jesus. John was just doing what God had called him to do–he was letting everyone know that the Messiah was on his way. When John finally saw Jesus for the first time, the words that came out of his mouth are really amazing when I stop to think about it. Of all of the things John could have said, he chose to say,“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
“The Lamb of God.” All of Israel was familiar with the significance of the lamb. From the time the Hebrew slaves covered the door frames of their houses with the blood of a spotless lamb right through their Passover celebrations with the sacrifice of lambs at the Temple–the Jews were constantly reminded that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22 NIV) None of the lambs that had ever been slain were truly “spotless,” not in the way that this Lamb was “spotless.” He was without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
God in His grace had provided forgiveness for His people throughout history and the lambs slain were reminders of the high cost of their forgiveness. Now, with the arrival of Jesus and the announcement that THE LAMB of God had come, all of the people immediately knew what John was talking about.
We live in a different day. We no longer witness the sacrifice of lambs because there is no longer any need. The Lamb has come! He died on the Cross for my sins and for yours. Let us never forget the high price that God paid for you and me to have the opportunity to be cleansed, to be forgiven, to be restored to the Holy and Righteous God of Glory.
My prayer today, Lord, is that I will never forget the love that You demonstrated for me, and for all the world, through the sacrificial death of Your perfect Son, Jesus, the Lamb of God.