The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! – JOHN 1:29
In our topic, Jesus is said to be LAMB – but LAMB OF GOD.
So, what is A LAMB and its characteristics?
- A lamb is a YOUNG SHEEP
- A sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
- It is used to talk about someone who is gentle, tender, forbearing, patient, humble, forgiving and lovable (especially a child).
So, Jesus Christ is recognized in these qualities and manners. He came like a lamb to the slaughter.
But theologically speaking, what does it means, that Jesus was or is a lamb?
It means that: He was going to be slaughtered like a lamb for the “sin” of the world. That is, he would be responsible for the sin of the world; Yours, mine, our children, our fore-parents or forebears and so. He would be counted and charged responsible of our sin and he would die for it. Our sin is put in singular form here because the sin of the world simply means: Human disobedience that incur them depravity and damnation. This is consequently inherited from Adam our forebear, “as he disobeyed God on our behalf”. So, it is one sin that is fateful over all – Genesis 3.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
So, when John saw Jesus and said: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! – He was confirming the prophesies about and mission of Jesus as well as the fulfillment of them already.
Why Must This Happen To Jesus Christ – Such A Tender Lamb?
- For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romance 3:23
- In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness – Hebrews 9:22
- Without Him, we cannot please Him – John 15:5
So, Now, What Are The Benefits The Lamb Of God Has Brought To Us?
- Forgiveness of Sins – John 1:29 – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
- Redemption – 1 Cor. 6:20a – You were bought at a price.
- Reconciliation – 2 Cor. 5:18 – All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
- Adoption – 2 Cor. 6:18 – And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
- Sanctification – Ephesians 1:13 – And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.
- Heirs of Eternity – Titus 3:7 – So that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
What Should Be Our Response?
- But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well – Matthew 6:33. We must focus first on those things as are of eternal value; God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness. There are so many earthly pursuits which are quite relevant to human’s existence and pertinent to their living. But in the midst of all of them, say human needs and enterprises, we can’t afford to lose focus of the “destiny of our soul”, where it is going and its portion hereafter. We must work out our faith with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). One truth is; if we are heavenly focused and pursue God’s righteousness, it will affect our worldview and daily activities; and we shall consequently be productive.
- In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven – Matthew 5:16 – Nothing happens for nothing. There is always a cause for something else; a mover around the moved. So, we are forgiven, redeemed, reconciled, adopted, sanctified, given the gift of eternal life with God, all for reasons. According to 1 Peter 2:9, it is for us to show forth the praise of Him who has brought us into His rattling light from permanent darkness.
I believe in a maxim, and I know that it is spiritual, divine, and reasonable: We should be both earthly relevant and heavenly focused. All to His glory.
The lamb of God did die not just for nothing but purposefully. It is to destroy the works of darkness and to grant us life extravagantly. We must walk in the truth of this reality. And be our best for both God and humanity.