The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Read: Job 1:1-4:21
Relate: The phrase “Lamb of God” seems so common in church culture and literature that I normally tend to breeze right by it. “Lamb of God.” Yup, right. That’s Jesus. We call him that because He died for us. He is the perfect sacrifice that the Old Testament Temple practices looked forward to. I hate to call cliche’ for a truth so amazing and profound and deep but the phrase has been used so often that for an unguarded heart cliche’ might be accurate. As often as Lamb of God is used today, how often was the phrase used in scripture? In the NIV and KJV it is only John the Baptist who says it. Peter comes close when he says, “with the blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” and John uses “Lamb” in place of “Jesus” nearly every time he is speaking of our Savior. Besides that, there isn’t much else. The rich metaphor is found all over the place but the phrase itself… not so much.
React: So when John points out to Jesus and cries out, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” did the people realize just what he was really saying? The metaphor that comes so easily and so naturally to us… did they get it? The story of Christ’s redemptive work was the very reason why He came. How much of that would those waiting for Him and hoping for Him and praying for Him to come, really have understood? At this point when Jesus had not yet begun His public ministry, before He began preaching and healing, and freeing the possessed and oppressed, and before He died to save world, did they really know what He was about? The Jews were hoping for a Messiah who would come to rule the world, but instead He came to save it? And for us today, as much as we hear the phrase Lamb of God, do we really, truly understand the depth of its meaning?
Lamb of God, Jesus, I am so grateful that You came. I am so grateful that You laid down Your divinity to come and walk among us. I am so grateful that You lived a life without sin or blemish so that You might be the perfect sacrifice. I am so grateful for the shed blood that takes away the sins of the world. It takes away my sins, and I have so many. Help me to understand ever greater yet with a freshness as though for the first time how great Your sacrifice for me really was. Let me behold You. Let me ever look to You and for You. Give me eyes for nothing else.