7 - Jesus is God's Sacrifical Lamb
Several hundred years go by under the system of animal sacrifice. Then a climactic moment in history arrives. John is preaching, preparing the “way of the Lord.” As he sees Jesus approaching, John makes an astounding public pronouncement that reverberates throughout history in John 1:29,
“Behold, the lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world!”
There it is! The entire plan of redemption is in one sentence. By proclaiming Jesus as ”the Lamb of God”, John declared Jesus to be God‘s sacrifice to pay for the sins of humanity! Jesus‘ death on the cross was no accident or a failed mission. It was His very purpose in coming to earth. “...you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ”(1 Peter 1:18).
Jesus came to die, to take the place of animal sacrifice! Jesus came “to give His life a ransom for many,” Matthew 20:28, “...for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins,”Matthew 26:28.“ You were bought with a price,” 1 Corinthians 7:23. A price of death that Jesus paid. A payment that humanity did not deserve — such is grace.
Christ‘s suffering and death was foretold clearly, vividly and specifically some 750 years earlier in Isaiah 53. Here is a sample of the prophecy:
V5- But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; ...by His scourging we are healed. V8 - He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was dueV12- …He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.