Read John 1:23-51 -Lenton Reading Day two
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” John 1:29
“When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’” John 1:36
In the Old Testament, hundreds of years before Jesus was born, God established the sacrificing of animals as a picture of how sin or wrongdoing must be atoned for. Sin separated us from God and could only be paid for with blood. The sacrifice of a lamb, in particular, was a picture of the Lamb who would one day be killed as payment for all sin. Jesus could do this because only He was able to live a perfect life on earth. He then chose to die as a sacrificial lamb for the sins of the world.
Isaiah prophesied about this, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” 53:7
“For you know it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
God planned that Jesus would die for us before the creation of the world:
“…The Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” Revelation 13:8
Jesus is the perfect Lamb without blemish or fault. He willingly gave Himself for us. John the Baptist knew this about Him and declared Him to be the Lamb of God, the one who would rescue us from sin.
Thank you, Jesus, for being our Perfect Lamb! Thank you for being willing to die for us.