John 1:29, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
Jesus has so many names that He is known by. He truly is all things to all people. Most of all, He is the Lamb. He is the Lamb of God.
John saw Jesus coming toward him. John, or better known as John the Baptist, preached about Jesus to all that would listen. He was known for being out in the wilderness and baptizing people. People would come from far and wide to hear Him. So when John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him, we do not have to guess his reaction. John was getting to meet the Son of God, in the form of man, walking toward him.
Behold! Behold comes from the Greek word ἴδε íde, id’-eh; second person singular imperative active; used as an interjection to denote surprise; lo, see. This came as a shock to John the Baptist to see Jesus coming toward Him. John the Baptist dedicated his life to preaching Jesus and this would have been a shock to see Jesus. It would also have been an honor to see the Christ. He would also have exclaimed like this to show others what reverence was due to Jesus.
The Lamb of God. In Old Testament time, one lamb would have been chosen from the herds what was without spot or blemish. It would have to be completely white and clean. This lamb would come to be known as the sacrificial lamb. The priests would “attach” all the sins of the people for the whole year to this lamb and then they would lead it out the gate and release it. This would symbolize the releasing of sin from them. This is what Jesus is to us. He went to the cross as our sacrificial lamb but unlike the lamb in the Old Testament, Jesus did not have to die year after year.
Who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus, when He died on the cross, died once for all the sins of the world. This is not something that needed to be repeated. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for the world. He did not have to do it. He did not have to leave Heaven to be born into a human body. But He did. He came so that the sin of the world may be taken away and so that we may all live with God after we die. Without the shed blood, there is no chance we see Heaven. We need the Lamb of God. He is our lifeblood.
Thank You for sending the Lamb of all lambs. We are not deserving of this most precious gift and yet, You give it and give it freely. Jesus is Your only Son and You sent Him to Earth to die for us. How great a gift is this! Thank You for all that You do for us, both now and forevermore. you alone are worthy of all our praise, honor, and love.
In Your name we pray,