By Pastor Kelly Sensenig



     John the Baptist saw Jesus walking toward him and exclaimed with joyful heart, “Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).  In this statement, Jesus Christ is presented as the Lamb.  The Old Testament sacrifices pointed to Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God.  They were shadows of the One to come. The teaching of Scripture concerning the Lamb is progressive. 


    First, in Genesis 4:4, we have the Lamb typified.  Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock to be slain as a blood sacrifice.  Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was our sacrifice. 


    Second, in Genesis 22:8, we have the Lamb prophesied.  Abraham said to Isaac, “God will provide himself a lamb.”  That is exactly what took place when God sent His Son to the cross for you and me.


    Third, in Exodus 12:7-13, we have the Lamb’s blood applied.  Here the Lamb was slain and the blood applied to the door post to prevent the death of the children of Israel. So Christ has shed His blood for us. Today, when we receive Christ as our Savior, we can have His blood applied to our life resulting in salvation. 


    Fourth, in Isaiah 53:7, we have the Lamb personified.  Here we see that the Lamb is a man. 


    Fifth, in John 1:29, we see the Lamb identified. He is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He, indeed, is the Lamb that was foreshadowed in the Old Testament, and He is the One who gave Himself a ransom for our soul (I Timothy 2:6).


     John said, “Behold the lamb of God.”  What are the thoughts suggested by this title, “The Lamb of God?”  First, it points to His sinlessness, for He was the “lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Peter 1:19).  A perfect, sinless sacrifice was needed to take away sin.  Jesus Christ was “without sin”, “undefiled”, and simply “knew no sin” (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26; II Corinthians 5:21).  He could not sin for His blood was Divine (Acts 20:28) and innocent (Matthew 27:4). 


    Second, this title suggests to us His gentleness and voluntary offering of Himself for the sin of the world.  The Scripture says that “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth” (Acts 8:32). Mark it down, he “was led” (not driven). Jesus Christ willingly gave Himself for you on the cross.  Concerning His life Christ said, “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself” (John 10:18).


    Third, this title certainly points specifically to His sacrifice on the cross.  He was, as John said, “The lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (I John 1:29). Yes, the Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross and died for the sin of the whole world (I John 2:2). We know that “once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26).  Today he can “take away sin” or “put away sin”.  You can have your sin put away and forever washed away by the cleansing blood of the Lamb!  “The blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7). “The penalty for sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  Furthermore, Ezekiel 18:14 says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”


     We should be grateful for the Lamb of God, who came to deliver us from the penalty of sin.  Will you receive Him as your Savior today? Let the Scripture stand true, “But as many as received Him, (Jesus Christ, the Lamb) to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12). Oh, my dear friend, Look to the Lamb of God today.  He alone will save your soul and make you fit for Heaven!


“If you from sin are longing to be free,

Look to the Lamb of God;

He, to redeem you, died on Calvary,

Look to the Lamb of God.


Look to the Lamb of God,

Look to the Lamb of God,

For He alone is able to save you,

Look to the Lamb of God.”