The Lamb of God

LAMB OF GOD: Jesus was the Lamb of God

The testimony that John the Baptist bore witness to regarding Jesus Christ is recorded for us in the first chapter of the Gospel of John.   This testimony he gave bore witness to the Word of God promising the Savior and the Savior Himself speaking about His glorious work on behalf of sinners.

29The 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.”  32And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.  33I 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.”  35Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.  36And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”  John 1:29-36

 John was specifically chosen by God to prepare the way for the Messiah, Jesus, by baptizing the people of Israel with the baptism of repentance.  When Jesus came to John to be baptized, in order to fulfill all righteousness, the Spirit of God descended as a dove and remained upon Jesus Christ.  God had told John that the Man upon whom the Spirit descended and rested would baptize with the Holy Spirit, being the Son of God.  John testified to his witness of this event by saying that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

He also testified that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit, is also the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  The Son of God who fulfilled all righteousness, who received the Holy Spirit without measure, is the Lamb of God.

Jesus is the propitiation for our sins; He bore the just wrath of God in our place when He died on the cross bearing the punishment that we deserve because of our willful relentless rebellion against Holy God.  Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, appeased the just demands of God’s perfect holiness and secured for us redemption from our sins and reconciliation with God because of His obedient submission to God’s holy will to die in our place that we might be forgiven through repentant faith in Him and trust in His perfect work done for us.  Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!

Isaiah prophesied about Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God in Isaiah chapter fifty-three.  Here he tells us why it pleased God to bruise and chastise the Messiah.

1Who has believed our report?  And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?  2For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground.  He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.  3He is despised and rejected by men, A man of sorrow and acquainted with grief.  And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.   4Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.  5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.  6All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  7He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 

8He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation?  For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions for My people He was stricken.  9And they made His grave with the wicked-But with the rich at His death, Because he had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.  10Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief.  When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall proper in His hand.  11He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.  By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.  12Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  Isaiah 53:1-12

 God the Father visited His just wrath against willful wicked sinners upon His Son that He should bear the iniquities of many.  Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was stricken by God for the transgressions of sinners that all who repent and believe in Him will be saved.  Jesus Christ was numbered with the transgressors, God made His soul was made an offering for sin and He poured out His soul unto death bearing the sin of many and making intercession for the transgressors.  Jesus Christ quoted this verse to His disciples right before His arrest.  Jesus Christ came to Earth to be the Lamb of God.

“For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me:  ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’  For the things concerning Me have an end.”  Luke 22:37

Christ came to fulfill His promises that He gave throughout the Bible.  He came as the spotless Lamb of God, sacrificed by God,  to take away the sins of the world!  What amazing love and grace.  Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, isn’t a Savior remote and distant, but He is close to us, near to us in all that we endure because He too, as God’s Lamb, experienced what we experience.  Jesus Christ, having the same nature as us, can identify with us, and yet He was without sin because He is God the Son of God.

14Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil, 15and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  16For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but he does give aid to the seed of Abraham.17Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.  18For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.  Hebrews 2:17-18

 14Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  15For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:14-16

Jesus Christ, the precious Lamb of God, knows our frame for He walked as a Man, and when He died, He died as a Man bearing our sins in His body on the tree.  He set us free from bondage to the power of death held over us by the devil, because He destroyed the enemy of our souls.  Being fully God and yet fully identified with us He was able to take the punishment that we deserve; He died in our stead making propitiation for our sins.  He rose again from the dead because death had no power over Him and He is our merciful and faithful High priest in the things of God for us.  He set us free from the eternal damnation in hell that our sins deserve, He delivered us from that terrible death, and He intercedes for us before the throne of God.  Jesus Christ because He was tempted during His earthly ministry understands the hardships we endure for His name’s sake.  He intercedes for us before the throne of God and gives us help in our time of need.  Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away our sins, gives us aid in all of our trials because He always lives to make intercession for us.

25Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.  26For such a High priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens:  Hebrews 7:25-26

 6And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.  Revelation 5:6

 Behold the Lamb of God!  God bless youJ

For an excellent study on the propitiation of our Lord Jesus Christ (despite the title) please click the following link:

by Eliza

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Originally posted at Holding Forth His Word: Lamb of God



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