Behold the Lamb of God
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. —John 1:29
When God gave the instructions for the Passover, He gave very specific instructions about the lamb: Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: and ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. (Ex. 12:5,6). Jesus fit every one of these qualifications. He was a Lamb without blemish for He’d never sinned. He was the firstborn in his family, “a male of the first year.” There was even a particular time this Lamb had to die: “in the evening.” The very hour Jesus died on the Cross was the time when Passover lambs were sacrificed. Who killed the Passover lamb? “The whole assembly of the congregation of Israel.” In Acts 2:23, Peter preached to the Jewish multitude about who was responsible for Jesus’ death: “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” Jesus was condemned by the Romans and crucified by Israel, but He laid His life down willingly for you and me. He took our sin and our sickness upon Himself. He knew it was the only way you and I could be delivered from the bondage of sin and sickness.
Confession: Jesus was the Lamb slain to take away the sin of the whole world. Yet, Jesus died for me. Through Him I receive all the benefits salvation includes. I’m saved, healed, and delivered!