Behold, the Lamb of God

Bethlehem North Women studied the Gospel of John together in Fall 2018-Spring 2019. Teaching is available via podcast here.

What did John mean when he referred to Jesus as the Lamb of God?

In Genesis…. When Abraham was told to offer his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice, God provided a substitute sacrifice. a ram

  • Before they left the mountain top, Abraham-called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” (Genesis 22:14).  He doesn’t say, “this is great, we need to remember this day, God has provided a ram.” Which was true. Every bit of it.
  • But Abraham doesn’t say that … He says God WILL …… At some time in the future.
  • Approximately 2,000 years after Abraham said, “God will provide,” on that very same mountain, God, in grace, offered His only Son, the Lamb of God, as a substitute for sin, to reconcile us to Him.

In Exodus…..When God was about to deliver the people of Israel from bondage to the Egyptians, He commanded them to kill a lamb on the 14th day and paint the lintel and 2 doorposts with its blood.

  • The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you
  • As they painted the doorposts with the lamb’s blood, they were actually going through the motions of a cross, foreshadowing another Passover Lamb’s sacrifice centuries later.
  • Every lamb sacrificed in the Old Testament pointed to the true and perfect Lamb of God: Jesus. They were a shadow of the coming perfect sacrifice for sin.

Is 53:7 puts it this way—

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

yet he opened not his mouth;

like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,

and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,

so he opened not his mouth.

Jesus, the Lamb of God is the end to all the years of sacrifices in the temple. All those lambs proved is that their blood could NOT take away sin. (Heb 10:4)

  • Paul wrote in 1 Cor 5:7- Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

There is no need for more lambs. Praise God, Jesus has redeemed US! He died in OUR place!

2 thoughts on “Behold, the Lamb of God

  1. I love the book of John. It is powerful, beautiful and challenging. I appreciate how you are digging deep into this element alone, the Lamb of God. The foreshadowing and symbolism from the Old Testament that aligns with the New Testament is so incredible. It always makes me pause and be in awe of God and His plan of redemption from before all time. God bless you and the others as you study!

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