In the 1950’s, polio was the most feared disease in the U.S. The whole country was hoping, searching, waiting, and praying for a cure. Imagine how cool it would have been to announce the cure to the country when it was developed in 1955! That’s the kind of privilege God gave to a man named John the Baptist, who pointed to Jesus and proclaimed, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world."(John 1:29) This announcement followed 1,500 years of Old Testament worship that pictured what God’s solution to sin was going to look like. As animals were sacrificed at the tabernacle and temple, God’s message was graphic and powerful: 'Sin requires death, but I am providing you with something else, ultimately Someone else, to bleed and die in your place.'
"The Lamb of God" is the perfect name for Jesus that sums up everything the world has ever needed – a perfect substitute to suffer and die to make things right with God by taking away all sin, "the sin of the world." Think of all the sins, of all mankind, all lumped into a huge mass. Yes, the terrible sins you read of in the history books and see in the world are there. But so are the sins that keep you awake at night, and the sins that make you feel ashamed when you think about them, and the sins you just can’t seem to leave behind. God took this gigantic mass of "the sin of the world" and He put it on the Lamb that He offered in your place. You see, sin can only be in one of two places: it’s either around your neck and you’re lost, or it’s on God’s Lamb and you’re saved. The privilege that John had and that I have today is to point you to Jesus, God’s Lamb, and tell you that you are saved. BEHOLD, THE LAMB OF GOD!
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.