The Lamb of God
The significance of the title “Lamb of God” becomes clear as the drama of
redemption unfolds, starting from Genesis all the way to the Book of Revelation.
God called Abraham to offer his beloved son, Isaac, as a sacrifice. On the
way to Mount Moriah, Isaac asked his father about the sacrificial animal. They
had brought a knife and fire, but they did not bring a lamb with them. Abraham
reassured him, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my
son” (Genesis 22:7-8).
Later on in the history of Israel, on the eve of their redemption from Egypt,
God told his people to choose lamb without blemish, kill it and to sprinkle the
blood on the doorposts and lintel of their houses. During the night the Lord
passed through the land of Egypt and killed the firstborn in every house, but he
spared those who were inside the houses sprinkled with blood. The Jews
celebrated this event every year by killing the lamb at the Passover feast .
Moreover, the Jewish priests sacrificed two lambs every day, one in the
morning and another in the evening, throughout the year. (Exodus 12:1-28). The
counteless lambs that were slain pointed to another Lamb yet to come. Isaiah
prophesied that the Messiah would give his life as a sacrifice for sin, and that
he “was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a
lamb that is led to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:7).
Finally God sent the Messiah as he had promised. “Behold the Lamb of God,”
John said when he saw Jesus approaching, “who takes away the sin of the world”
Jesus was offered on the cross. All who hide in him will be protected by his
blood from the wrath to come. The Apostle Paul says, “Christ, our Passover lamb,
has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7), and the Apostle Peter reminds
believers that they were redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, like that
of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:19).
All who trust in the Lord Jesus can joyfully say, “We are freed from our
sins, we are redeemed, for Jesus, the Lamb of God, took away our sins and nailed
them to the cross.” From every nation around the globe, Christians are witnesses
to the fact that Jesus truly takes away the sin of the world.
The story ends in heaven with endless praise to the Redeemer, “Worthy is the
Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor
and glory and blessing!” (Revelations 5:12). Amen.