Audio Message: John 1:29-34 The Lamb of God
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”
32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
The sacrifice of lambs played a very important role in the Jewish religious life and sacrificial system.
- With the time of the Passover feast being very near, the first thought might be the sacrifice of the Passover lamb. – Exodus 12:11–13
- Another important sacrifice involving lambs was the daily sacrifice at the temple in Jerusalem. Every morning and evening, a lamb was sacrificed in the temple for the sins of the people – Exodus 29:38-42
- These daily sacrifices, like all others, were simply to point people towards the perfect sacrifice of Christ on the cross. In fact, the time of Jesus’ death on the cross corresponds to the time the evening sacrifice was being made in the temple.
- All down through the years, godly Jews had waited for the coming of this Lamb. Now at last the time had come, and John the Baptist triumphantly announced the arrival of the true Lamb of God.
- The Jews at that time would have also been familiar with the Old Testament prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah, who foretold the coming of “the Lamb of God.” Jeremiah 11:19; Isaiah 53:7–10
Christ died to make atonement for sin and to pay the penalty of the sins of all who believe in Him.
- The excellent NATURE of the victim – spotless, innocent, perfect.
- The excellent EFFICACY [the ability to produce a desired or intended result] of the work; able to produce the desired result
- The excellent SCOPE of its operation – not just the nation of Israel, but the whole world.
Christ – The Lamb of God
- “as of a Lamb without blemish or spot:” 1Peter 1:19
- “… a Lamb stood on the mount Sion,” Revelation 14:1
The Lamb is a very innocent and harmless creature, a symbol of innocency. It does no wrong or injury to any.Jesus Christ is of a sweet, quiet, and harmless nature and disposition: “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,” Hebrews 7:26
|The Lamb is prey, and often worried by dogs, wolves and other evil beasts.||The Lord Jesus was preyed upon by devils and wicked men, who continually worried him, like hungry and blood-thirsty wolves, lions, and ravening beasts, whilst he was upon the earth, Matthew 4: 2, 3|
|The Lamb is a meek and patient creature, bearing wrongs, not seeking revenge upon them that strike and abuse him.||The Lord Jesus with a meek and patient spirit bore all those vile and grievous wrongs, contradictions of sinners, and horrid blasphemies, without seeking revenge upon them.
|The Lamb is silent, when brought to the slaughter, does not cry, complain, nor struggle, as other creatures do.||The Lord Christ was silent, when he was led to be crucified: “he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” Isaiah 53:7|
|The Lamb is a lovely and very likeable creature; hence Uriah’s wife is compared to it, 2 Sam 12||Christ is the delight of the Father, very lovely in the eyes of saints and angels; “He is the delight of mankind,” Proverbs 8:30, Isaiah 42:1|
|The Lamb is a contented creature; let the shepherd put it into what pasture he please, it grumbles not, but seems very well satisfied.||Christ was abundantly satisfied to become anything, and to do whatever the will of his Father was, though He was brought so low, born of a poor virgin, to live in a poor condition, nowhere to lay his head|
|As for food, Lamb is clean, whose flesh God appointed for food; no animal more generally prized than Lamb.||Christ was ordained of God to be food for our souls; when they receive him by faith. “For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed,” John 6:55|
|The Lamb was appointed under the law for sacrifice, it was to be taken out of the flock, to be severed from the rest, to be killed and offered up to make an atonement, the blood sprinkled on the altar.||Christ, the Lamb of God, is our only sacrifice. He was taken from among men, separated from sinners, truly man. He was a Lamb without blemish, no spot or stain of sin, could be found in him. He was slain or offered up upon the cross, to make an atonement for the sins of his people; and his blood must be sprinkled or applied to our consciences by faith, Heb 7:26-27, 1 Peter 1:17-19|
|Lambs are very profitable creatures, they enrich their owners; their fleece and skins are good for clothing. Also the money of the ancient Patriarchs was called a Lamb, because the figure of a Lamb was on it. Abraham bought a field for a hundred pieces of silver or Lambs.||Christ enriches all that have faith in him; and his righteousness is for our clothing. No money will pass for currency with God, but only Jesus Christ. He is the saint’s treasure.|
|The Lamb is a small creature to other beasts, a lowly humble animal, never listed among the great or magnificent animals like lions, elephants, tigers, whales, bears, etc||Christ made himself of no reputation. In respect of his humanity, he is called a worm: “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.” He was small and despised in the eyes of the great heroes of the earth.|
The entire Bible can be summed up in the declaration of who Christ is and what he does: V.29 “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!