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!
For thousands of years and millions of sacrifices no one ever thought of their lamb taking away their sin. The most they could hope for was an annual provision to cover their sins for another year. Imagine living in the reality that not one of your sins was ever removed but only atoned for. If God ever needed to reference a past sin He certainly could because there was not a chance of your sin ever being removed from His divine and perfect judgment. And yet, all you had was the command from the God to go to the Temple year after year with the best lamb you had as a sacrifice for yours and your family’s sins.
The Jewish audience that John was speaking to would have known exactly what John was saying and would have taken a new look at this man walking toward them. What special power did He possess? How was He going to take away the sin of the world, their sin? John called Him a lamb. What did that mean? A lamb was placed on an altar; what did this Man have to do with the altar?
Going all the way back to the Garden of Eden, God sacrificed a lamb for the sin of Adam and Eve. Abel brought a lamb to the sacrifice and God received his offering. Noah took animals on the ark for the purpose of sacrificing to God when the Flood subsided. Abraham made sacrifices to God. The Passover was the ultimate picture of the blood of an animal providing atonement from the passing Death angel. Moses came down with very specific requirements of sacrifices for sin. How was this man going to do better than all of that? How was He going to take away the sin of the world?
We now know that Jesus did go to the altar of the Cross. We know that He did shed His own blood to take away our sin. We know that His death and resurrection were for our justification. We know that John was absolutely right in his wonderful prophetic statement. Hallelujah, what a Savior. Jesus came to take away the sin of the world, our sin, my sin, from the judgment bar of God. When I stand before God washed in the blood of the Lamb, cloaked with the righteousness of Christ, He will see me eternally cleansed, without sin, without need of condemnation, and welcome me by grace into His eternal holy kingdom. Yes, John, Jesus, the Lamb of God, has taken away my sin.
I was reminded by this weeks Art of Marriage video that we have an enemy who seeks to destroy us. My wife is not my enemy. My neighbor is not my enemy. No, Satan and all of his hosts are my enemy. They truly seek to destroy me. When someone tells me they have prayed for me I am genuinely thankful. Take time to pray for one another. All of us are in a battle and are upheld by the prayers of those who think to pray for us.
Tonight, our prayer time begins around 7:00. Join us for this important time. The snow is going to be light in our area. I plan to be there. Don’t let it keep you away.
Have a great day in the Lord,