To read: John 1:29-34
Behold the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sin of the world John 1:29b
No one even suspected in Whose company the onlookers were. However, John the Baptist did recognize Him. Full of joy he called out: “Behold the Lamb of God Which taketh away the sin of the world” This sacred moment must have meant the deepest fulfillment to John.
Through his preaching of penance and sin he prepared the way for Christ. John awakened the mind, and revealed sin. Didn’t Isaiah prophesize about John: “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, prepare ye the way for the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God” -Isaiah 40:3- Who would be able to withstand the Day of the LORD?
With this question John confronted the onlookers and there were pharisees among them. He confronted them with this question because he wanted to bring sinners to the Lamb. It was John’s way to prepare the way for the LORD to give knowledge of His grace for forgiveness of sin. And what joy to the sinner it must have been who was looking for justice, who stretched out his hand to this Lamb. A joy for that sinner whom the hand of a priest never rested upon. This Lamb was given by God to pay the sinner’s debt and relinquish all sin.
“Behold the Lamb of God Which taketh away the sin of the world” Isn’t it obvious why John used these words? Wouldn’t he have thought as the son of a priest about a sacrificial Lamb, that was heavy laden, with the sin of the people? Wouldn’t he have thought about a Passover lamb, dying for the people year after year, carrying their heavy laden of sin; and in Whom the prophecy of this Lamb became fulfilled?
That’s why John is pointing to the Messiah as the Lamb, the Lamb of God. For reason that anyone who is dismayed in expectation looking up only to the Lamb.
- Why would we look up to the Lamb?
- What is so special about Jesus?
- What is the mystery that Jesus is to be desired by mankind?
Isaiah is giving us the answer in chapter 53:3-6.
- He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised and we esteemed Him not.
- Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted,
- But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed
- All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid in Him the iniquity of us all.
By looking afar off. This is the mystery of the Lamb of God. That our sins are forgiven through the Redeemer. This is the mystery that makes Lord Jesus Most Special. We now have grace through faith a fountain of grace through the Lamb, the Lamb That came not be served but to serve. The Lamb laid down His Life; He gave His Life as a Ransom for many.
He came appointed by God to take away the sin of this world. This shows us how grave sin is. The only way to settle this account is through the Blood of the Lamb.
Jesus knows how heavy the burden is of sin as He has carried sin all alone. The sin of the world is beyond measure and unfathomable. But Jesus takes away all sin as the Blood of the Lamb cleanses us from all sin. That happened on Golgotha where His Blood flowed on the cross. Jesus Christ still takes away all sin thoroughly, completely and forever more of any sinner who is heavy laden and finds refuge in Him. As infinite as His Love, so strong is the Power of the Lamb.
Do we have knowledge of this fact? Do we know the Lamb?
God is showing in Isaiah 53 Who the Lamb is. When we look at Jesus and to know Who He really is Most Precious and gives a joy to the soul beyond measure for it quickens and Peace comes into the heart. His Blood That flowed on the cross has become the Fountain of Life.
Keeping the eyes closed for the Lamb will one day have to fear the wrath of the Lamb.
When we, no matter how timid, learn to put all our faith in Him, will with all who follow the Lamb, praise Him and rejoice now and forever more.