While John the Baptist was going about his business he saw Jesus and said ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’. John 1:29. This he said about a young Galilean carpenter to a bunch of Jewish people who for centuries had offered their sacrificial lambs at the temple!. This statement provoked the Jewish people and they were confused thereafter. “This man is the One whom God has sent to be what all of those thousands of lambs over hundreds of years have symbolized! And He is not only the Lamb that God sent for Israel, but also for the whole world! “The great statement by John the Baptist meant that Christ was the great sacrifice for sin, who was to come to make atonement for transgression by His own death upon the cross. This is the most powerful statement that John ever made and it is worth a closer look to understand its implication to us in our daily lives.
‘Behold.” This is a command to look to Jesus. John doesn’t say, “Look at me! I’m a great prophet!” He doesn’t say, “Look at your good works; they will save you.” He doesn’t say, “Look at your religious rituals; they will put you in good stead on judgment day.” He doesn’t say, “Look at your religious heritage or your church attendance.” He says, “Look to the Lamb of God!” Jesus saves sinners who look in faith to Him.
‘The Lamb of God” means that Jesus is the supreme Lamb and the only Lamb that God has provided to take away our sins there is no other and he is the only one. “Of God” means that God sent Jesus to bear our sins. He is God’s gift to us “Takes away” signifies “atonement, and that by substitution he was made sin for us. He died so that sinners who trust in Him will not incur God’s judgment. Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself put an end once for all to all of the Jewish sacrifices.“Takes away” is also in the present tense, signifying the ongoing sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice and the fact that it is available at all times for every sinner who will trust in Him.
“Sin” is singular, heaping together all the trillions of sins in human history into one gigantic pile. It also means that Jesus not only took away the guilt of our many individual sins, but also the guilt of the inborn sin that we inherited from Adam. “Of the world” does not mean that Christ paid the penalty for every sinner who has ever lived, because then all would be saved. It refers to people in general, both Jews and Gentiles, not to people without exception. Jesus purchased for God with his blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” Rev 5.9 “Of the world” also points to the adequacy of Christ’s atonement for any person, no matter how terrible that person’s sins may be. Christ invites all to come to the feast that He has prepared.
In the book of Isaiah 45:22 we read – Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth. Its all that is required and you will be saved too, if you look in faith to Jesus, the Lamb that God provided to take away your sins.