The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
John the Baptizer, the cousin of Jesus, introduced Jesus at the beginning of His public ministry. For the next three years Jesus taught and performed many miracles, as He made His way to the cross. He is introduced as the Lamb of God, the one who would be the once and for all sacrifice for the sins of the world. Look how the prophet Isaiah explained this great truth, “All of us like sheep have gone astray, we have turned, each one, to his own way; but the LORD has caused the wickedness of us all our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing to fall on Him instead of us” (Isaiah 53:6).
When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the debt for our sins. When He utters “It is finished!”, his last statement from the cross, it was a victory cry. The plan of God to redeem mankind from its sin, the sin that started in the garden of Eden, was now complete. Jesus was the Perfect Lamb of God. “But he paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God” (1 Peter 1:19). “Christ also suffered. He died once for the sins of all of us guilty sinners although he himself was innocent of any sin at any time, that he might bring us safely home to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
Jesus paid our debt of sin in full, but we must agree to accept this payment by choosing to obey and serve Him. “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are” (Romans 3:22).
Question: Have you accepted the payment of the Lamb of God and given your life to Him? Have you placed your faith in Jesus? Do others know this? Tell them.
Challenge: He paid a debt he did not owe; I owe a debt I could not pay, Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God paid it all.
Prayer: I am overwhelmed that the Lamb of God died for me and paid the debt for my sin. Thank You Jesus.
Jack Hughes, Chapel Leader -- Clearwater Threshers