Did you know that the words “Lamb of God” as a title of our Lord, occurs twice in the Gospel of John and once in 1 Peter?
However, John uses the same title in Revelation about 30 times. It’s clear that The Lamb of God would have meant a great deal to John who leaned on Jesus and knew the secret of His Redeeming love… perhaps better than any of the twelve disciples.
In John 1:28-30, we see the Apostle John’s first use of the phrase when he quotes John the Baptist in the lead up to the baptism of Jesus. “These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, after me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.”
Peter doesn’t use this title directly, but in speaking of our redemption from sin in 1 Peter 19 :18 he says “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, even the blood of Christ…”
With all the names of Christ used throughout the Bible, The Lamb of God would without a doubt, touch me the most deeply. None speak more strongly of our deliverance from the slavery of sin. I can only capture a glimpse of how John felt about our Saviour.
Is it redemption that we desire? Then it must be redemption by the blood.
The cross of Christ is the only hope of the world. A world that often declare things like “behold our new methods”, “behold our human-brotherhood” or even, “behold this new opportunity” and forget the only real cry that needs to be boasted— “Behold the Lamb of God.”
John 3:16 says:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
© Chrissy Siggee first published in 2011
Scripture Verses used are from the King James Version of the Bible
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