Behold the Lamb of God

JOH 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

The lamb was to be without spot and without blemish and was actually tied down to the horns of the altar.

The priest would put one hand on the man’s head and another on the lamb’s head which represented a transfer of sins.

The priest would lift up his knife to the nose of the lamb and slit his throat.

HEB 9:22 and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.

JOH 1:29 – He is the Lamb FROM God who takes away the sin of the world!

1. Gen 4 – the account of Abel and his lamb, GEN 4:3-7.

{The need for a lamb}

2. Gen 22 – Abraham offers the lamb in place of Isaac, GEN 22:6-8.

2CH 3:1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah,

“God will provide Himself a lamb for the burnt offering.”

The emphasis is on God’s provision of the lamb; He will provide.

MAR 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Abraham was so impressed he named the place Jehovah Jireh – Jehovah will provide.

The emphasis is upon the substitution of the lamb and TLJC who is our substitute.

1PE 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust,

3. Exo 12 – the Passover lamb was to be slain on the night before the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt.

Exo 12 – the emphasis is on the slaying of the lamb.

Even though the lamb was without blemish it was of no efficacious value while it was alive.

EXO 12:13 And the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

4. Leviticus is filled with instructions about the sacrifices.

{The character of the lamb}

LEV 22:21 “it must be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no defect in it.”

Leviticus – the emphasis is also upon complete absolution from guilt and condemnation.

5. Isa 53 – the lamb that God would provide is a person.

ISA 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

6. JOH 1:29 – the lamb is identified as the Lord Jesus Christ.

{The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world}

7. Act 8 – Philip explained to the Ethiopian that the Lamb of God is Jesus Christ – the promised Messiah, the Son of God.

8. 1PE 1:18-21 – the resurrection of the slain Lamb is portrayed.

{Redemption through the Lamb}

9. Rev 5 – the Lamb Who is now on the throne of heaven, the very throne of the universe.

{The Lamb ruling in adoration}

REV 5:12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

10. REV 21:22 – a climax of never ending glory – the final picture of the Lamb is His everlasting kingship.

REV 21:22 And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple.

Abel reveals the necessity of the lamb.

Abraham reveals the provision of the lamb.

The Exodus reveals the slaying of the lamb.

Leviticus reveals the character of the lamb.

Isa 53 reveals the lamb would be a person.

Joh 1 identifies the Lamb.

Acts 8 gives us the Christ-hood of the Lamb.

1Pe 1 reveals the resurrection of the Lamb.

Rev 5 reveals the enthronement of the Lamb.

Rev 21 reveals the endless kingship of the Lamb.

ISA 52:14 Just as many were astonished at you, {My people,} So His appearance was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.

ISA 50:6 I gave My back to those who strike {Me,} And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.

MAT 26:67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him,

MAT 27:30 And they spat on Him, and took the reed of thorns and began to beat Him on the head.

MAT 27:31 And after they had mocked Him, they took His robe off and put His garments on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.

MAT 27:32 And as they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.

LUK 22:63 And the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking Him, and beating Him,

LUK 22:64 and they blindfolded Him and were asking Him, saying, “Prophesy, who is the one who hit You?”

MAR 15:19 And they kept beating His head with a reed, and spitting at Him, and kneeling and bowing before Him.

PSA 22:14 All my bones are out of joint;

LUK 22:44 – as our Lord drew near to Gethsemane the pressure was so intense He sweat drops of blood through the pores of His body,

LUK 22:44 And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.

PSA 22:16-17 They pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me;

ZEC 13:6 “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will say, ‘{Those} with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’”

MAT 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”

Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries 2002

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