Behold the Lamb of God
||Rev. Ronald Van Overloop
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- His identity.
- John knew that he was the forerunner of the promised Messiah (Luke 1:17).
- He knew about the child of his mother?s cousin (Luke 2:52).
- Jesus had suddenly come to him to be baptized (Matt. 3:13ff) and then immediately went into the wilderness.
- Now 40 days later Jesus comes to John again, and now John does his work as forerunner.
- To call Jesus ?Lamb? means that John saw Jesus as the reality toward which all the types pointed.
- God taught Adam and Eve and later Israel to look to the blood of the lamb for the remission of sin.
- John called Jesus ?the? lamb as THE actual way of forgiveness.
- And Jesus is called the lamb ?of God.?
- Jesus is the Lamb God produced and provided.
- And Jesus is God (like the expression: crown of gold) (John 10:30; 8:58).
- The purpose of the Lamb of God is to take away the sin of the world.
- God?s Lamb takes away sin.
- He ?taketh away? sin.
- The idea is that of lifting up, raising from the shoulders.
- The present tense means that John saw Jesus in the very act of removing their sin.
- He takes away the sin ?of the world? (cf. John 11:51,52).
- ?Behold? Him!
- Look at Him ? Not at our works nor at our sins (as being too great for Him).
- Look at this Lamb of God Who has in fact taken away the sin already ? it is an accomplished fact.
- Look at Him as Israel looked at the brazen serpent and be healed.
- All Who look by faith at Jesus alone are saved eternally.
- See that in Him alone is all that is needed for the complete forgiveness of each and every one of our sins.