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Jesus the Lamb of God

Day Thirty-One
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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The only sacrifice that can secure our salvation is the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. This is because He is the One True God. John, one of the writer's of the New Testament, understood Jesus as the Lamb of God, so he wrote in John 1:29,

...and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" NASB®

This insight of John's came from the Spirit, and from the already written, Old Testament. (2 Peter 1:20-21) In Exodus 12 the Bible states: A flawless lamb was to be sacrificed during the Feast of the Passover. The blood of this lamb would be used to cover the people's sin thus delivering them from death. (1 Corinthians 5:7) Jesus' sacrifice for our sins is illustrated in Isaiah 53 using a lamb.

The Lamb of God is our substitute. I think by now you understand how destructive sin is! It took death to pay for even one sin. (James 2:10) Therefore God chose sacrificial blood as payment for a person's life. This allowed us to have a substitute die for our sins. In the Old Testament, God revealed to the Jews it was necessary for them to shed the blood of unblemished animals (their substitute) to cover their sins. (Leviticus 4:32-35, 17:11) The Old Testament animal sacrifices made people realize how awful sin was, because it visually showed them each sin needed to be paid for by a death. People also saw it was impossible to sacrifice enough lambs, rams, goats, and so on to take a person's sins away, since people kept sinning. God knew animal sacrifices would never bring complete forgiveness for people's sins. The only blood that has the power to take away all of our sins is the blood of the One True God, Jesus Christ.

To Him (Jesus) who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood... knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold...but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. Revelation 1:5; 1 Peter 1:18-19 NASB®

The Passover Lamb. About 2000 years ago in Jerusalem, the Passover was about to be celebrated. People were there to sacrifice their Passover lambs to cover their own sins. Outside Jerusalem on a hill that looked and smelled like death, the Roman soldiers were crucifying three men. Two of the men were criminals and deserved death. But the third was God Himself, being nailed to the cross because of our sins. Jesus Christ is our perfect Passover Lamb, our substitute. He died in our place. His sacrifice covered our sins, so we could be completely forgiven, and be reconciled to Him. Are you thankful for our Lamb? I sure am! (Acts 10:43)

...namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them... 2 Corinthians 5:19 NASB®
By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He (Jesus), having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time... And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us...He then says, AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS, I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. Now where there is forgiveness...there is no longer any offering for sin. Hebrews 10:10-18 NASB®


Life Application:

Jesus Christ's most important name. When I first taught the Book of Revelation, I realized something very special; out of all the names Jesus could be known by, His favorite seemed to be the Lamb. It is used over 30 times in Revelation. Why? It is because Jesus being the Lamb of God, paid our punishment for our sins and set us free from slavery to sin, so we can have an eternal relationship with Him. The thought that Jesus wanted even rejoiced over being our Lamb, makes me want to worship and adore Him. (Hebrews 12:2) How about you? Read Revelation 7:9-17. This passage describes a majestic scene in heaven with God on His throne and our Lamb. Read John 19; Acts 1:3-11. These passages give the story of our Lamb's sacrifice and His resurrection. Write down any insights. How does the Lamb's sacrifice show you He loves you? Take some time and thank God for solving your sin problem through Him being our Lamb.


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