Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world Bible verse – John 1:29
Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world
This Bible verse today is found in the first chapter of John’s gospel. Here we find another John, not the author of John’s gospel but called John the Baptist. He was born shortly before Jesus. His birth had been prophesied in the Old Testament book of Isaiah. He was called to be a forerunner of Christ, born to proclaim to the Jews that their Messiah was amongst them.
John lived in the wilderness, living entirely on locust and honey. Daily he would call out urgently to the Jews to repent and be baptised in water. He disturbed the religious people of the day and he also became hated by King Herod’s wife – he was later beheaded.
When John was asked who he was he quoted from the verse in Isaiah saying “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”
One day, John saw someone coming towards him that must have made his heart leap within him. John’s whole life and ministry was to declare and herald an event that had been prophesied and eagerly awaited. Throughout the Old Testament one theme runs throughout – the long-awaited Messiah. Even in Genesis 3:15 the virgin’s birth, Jesus’ suffering and victory over Satan was prophesied: “I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.”
This day, John saw Jesus walking towards him. Today his calling was completed and he joyfully and loudly declared ‘behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’.
The Jews were expecting a political Messiah to save them from the Roman occupation. John declared that Jesus was a saviour of souls from sin, the Lamb of God. The Jews celebrated Passover, when a lamb was sacrificed to remember the Jews captivity in Egypt, when death passed over those who trusted in that lamb’s blood during Pharoah’s plagues. A few years after John’s declaration, Jesus was sacrificed as the Lamb so that spiritual death would ‘passover’ those who trusted and believed on Him.
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