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BIG SCRIPTURE: John 1:29-34
In this passage, we meet another John. This is not the John who wrote this book. This is John the Baptist – he was Jesus’ cousin. John the Baptist had a very specific job. John went before Jesus to tell everyone that Jesus was coming – he prepared the way for Jesus. John the Baptist called Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” That’s a pretty weird nickname. What does it mean?
When John called Jesus “the Lamb of God,” his listeners would have known what it meant. In the Old Testament (which is the first half of the Bible), God’s people needed a way to be forgiven of their sins. Maybe you’re wondering, “What is sin?” Sin is loving anything more than Jesus – and they sinned a lot. And so do we!
Jesus is and forever will be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. The agreement was broken between the creator and his creation. We denied the creator, and because God is just, a sacrifice had to be made to cover our mistake. God knew no human on planet earth could live a perfect life and be the perfect sacrifice. God also desired a personal relationship with his creation and knew the only way for that to happen was to send his son, the perfect pure “lamb” to cover our mistakes. Because of His undeserved death we get to have an undeserved relationship with an incredibly loving Father!
- What is sin? What is the problem with sin?
- How were people in the OT forgiven of their sin?
- How can you and I be forgiven of our sins?
- What does it mean to trust and hope in Jesus, the Lamb of God?
God, thank you for sending Jesus, the perfect sacrifice. Thank you that Jesus lived the life I could not live, died the death I could not die – and did both in my place. Thank you that your Son, Jesus lives now forever and that because of that I have the hope of eternal life with you. Help me to trust in what Jesus did so that I can love Him more than anything else in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.