St. John's Lutheran
Jesus the Lamb of God Who Passes Over Our Sins Giving Us Eternal Life!
John 1:29-31 New International Version (NIV)
John Testifies About Jesus
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
Tuesday - January 19
John the Baptist calls Jesus the “Lamb of God.” This is a reference to the famous Old Testament story of Passover. The final plague that God sent upon Egypt was the angel of death who would judge Pharaoh and all of Egypt by killing every firstborn male, whether human or animal (Exodus 11). God also commanded the Israelites to sacrifice a lamb that they were to eat, but also save the blood and use it to paint the doorposts and the lintel above their doors. The blood of that lamb would be a sign to the angel of death to pass over that house and spare the firstborn son of that family (Exodus 12). In other words, that family would have to have faith in God’s promise that the blood of the lamb would save them from death. Faith is a relationship of trust that God’s promise is true! God has promised that Jesus is the ultimate “lamb” who “passes over” sins and gives eternal life.