When John the Baptist saw Jesus, He said: Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He presents Jesus to us so that we may know that He is the one we have been waiting for.
This post is part of the blogging series about the names of God.
Nita Wilkinson wrote this post. She is the founder and board member of Gifts with Grace, a ministry for women facing trauma who feel they have no voice. To learn more about Nita, you can find her on her blog, on social media, or you can read her bio at the end of this post.
The Lamb of God
We know the story well. God spoke the universe into existence, and He made it all good. He added humanity in His own image, caretakers of the land and sea, and it was all very good. Later, God rests, pleased with His week’s work.
Those made in God’s image are truly living their best life. Let’s look at Adam and Eve’s home. They lived in a beautiful and comfortable home, hanging out with God. They had the best food, and all their needs were met.
Did you catch that?
God met ALL their needs.
God asked for just one thing from them in return; they are to be fruitful and multiply and not eat from only one tree. How could anything go wrong?
Eve was distracted for just a moment by a serpent. His question went straight to her humanity, and sin entered the world. God and man are now separated.
Thankfully, our loving and merciful God already had a plan in place to fix the brokenness of His world.
He made this promise to Adam and Eve;
So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.Genesis 3:14-15
God has set His redemption plan in motion, a strategy that brings His people the Lamb of God.
God’s Judgement over Sin
Humanity continues on its moral decline until God is heartbroken that He even made man. He floods the earth of all the evil, saving only the righteous, Noah and his family.
By flooding the earth, God showed that He does have a limit to how much sin He allows.
The world is now cleansed, and God has issued a new promise that He will never flood the entire earth again. He paints the rainbow in the sky as a reminder of this covenant.
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Calling a Nation
God is ready to set apart His people.
He reaches out to Abram with the promise to make him a great nation with descendants as numerous as the stars. He just needs to head out to a place yet to be determined.
Many years later, Abram, now Abraham, is blessed with a son, Isaac. God asks Abraham to take Isaac up to the mountains to sacrifice him. Once again, Abraham is obedient.
Isaac brings the necessary wood and asks where the lamb is for the sacrifice. Abraham tells him the Lord will provide the lamb.
God needs a perfect sacrifice, which Abraham believes will be Isaac, but the Angel of the Lord stopped him just in time. God provides the necessary ram, a shadow of The Lamb to come. (Genesis 22:6-14)
Click here to learn more about the similarities between Isaac and Jesus.
Generations have passed, and God’s nation, Israel, is preparing to go to the land promised to Abraham.
Before they can enter, God has some precise rules that will set them apart from the rest of humanity.
Among these rules are sacrifices and offerings that always require an animal, perfect and without blemish. The blood of the animals is to atone for the sins of Israel.
“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”Leviticus 17:11
Behold The Lamb of God
Woven throughout the Old Testament is a scarlet thread of redemption that will fix God’s connection with Adam and Eve broken in Eden.
Humanity would need a permanent sacrifice to spend eternity walking with God in the perfect garden.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he 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.Isaiah 53:7
Jesus left His throne in heaven to humbly come to earth as a baby. This baby grew into a man who lived a perfect life of service.
He faced the same temptations as His sheep but was not distracted by the world.
He went on to be mocked, humiliated and crucified on a cross.
This sacrifice will last through eternity for those who choose to put their faith in Him.
The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!John 1:29
The redemption plan is complete. The world is still bruised, but the serpent’s head is about to be crushed.
The day is near where we will once again walk with God in that idyllic Garden.
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!”
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, forever and ever!”
What is your response?
Throughout the Bible, we see how people respond to God and His call on their lives.
Abraham was called to sacrifice his son, and John was called to prepare the way for Jesus.
What is your response to Jesus?
In the comments below, share your thoughts on The Lamb of God.