“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29

Behold, the Lamb of God.  How do you look at Jesus?  John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, told all who were there how he, John, viewed Jesus.  The Lamb of God, sent by God to the world, innocent and pure to take away all the sin of the world.

“Then John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and have borne witness that He is the Son of God.” Again, the next day John was standing with two of his disciples. Looking upon Jesus as He walked, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.” John 1:32-37

 The disciples of John heard what he said about Jesus and began to follow Jesus, they believed what they heard about Jesus.

 Jesus has walked this earth and non-Christian historians have written about Him.  Many people saw Jesus walking in Israel and heard Him, but not all believed and followed Him.

 How do you look at Jesus?  Is He just a historical person who did a lot of cool things before He was executed?  An ordinary person?  A rebel?  A liar?

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished.” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. Since it was the Day of Preparation, to prevent bodies from remaining on the cross on the Sabbath day (for that Sabbath day was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Therefore the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was dead already, they did not break His legs. However, one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. He who saw it has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he is telling the truth, that you may believe.” John 19:30-35

 Jesus’ disciple John, who was with Jesus for three years and saw the crucifixion, wrote this down so that we might believe.  Those who saw Jesus as the Son of God, the Lamb of God, took part of His healing power and love as He walked the earth.  He walked around doing good, healing and delivering all who saw Him as the Lamb of God.

 When He gave His life on the cross, He was the sacrificial lamb that God had sent to reconcile the world to Him.  Jesus took on the cross, all of the worlds, yours and mine, sin, shame, sickness and death and so gave His righteousness, purity, health and life to us, to you and me.  That is why He came, to become the sacrificial lamb of God, so that when we look at Him as this lamb, we receive His righteousness and life.

 Behold, the Lamb of God, who has taken away all your sin.

 / Lydia Billström