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Jesus was the only person to walk this world that has been without sin. Throughout the Old Testament, the sacrifice of a perfect lamb was made to God to atone for the sins of the people. Jesus’ purpose was to be that perfect Lamb…the Lamb of God.
Why the Lamb of God?
Upon seeing Jesus for the first time. John the Baptist declared that Jesus was the Lamb of God. He warned the world to “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). John the Baptist recognized Jesus as the promised Messiah but why did he call him the Lamb?
Throughout the Old Testament, the Jews were required by God to sacrifice a lamb without blemish to atone for their sins. Jesus came to Earth to be a sacrifice for our sins much like that lamb was. Jesus was going to be sacrificed for our sins. The perfect Lamb of God took on the burden of our sins.
Jesus’ sacrifice was made because God loves us. One of the most popular verses in the Bible explains the need for a lamb.
Jesus was without sin or blemish so He was able to do what none of us could do for ourselves: offer up a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. God came down to earth as man and was punished for the sin of the world. Isn’t that enough to make us stop and really behold the Lamb of God?
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