Behold the Lamb!

“The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God!’ ” (John 1:35-36).

When John the Baptist sees Jesus, he identified Him as the Lamb of God. Earlier, He called Him the same but added, “who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Some people think that John was referring to the Passover lamb, while others see it as a reference to the lamb in Isaiah 53 (see especially verse 7). But what does it matter? They both point to Christ and the reason for His mission to earth. Truly Christ is God’s lamb, sacrificed for us as sinners who need God’s salvation.

Jesus “takes away” our sins. What does the Bible mean by this? Man-made religions tell man what he must do to earn favor with God; man must do something to earn salvation. Some religions offer their followers some sort of enlightenment or knowledge if they follow the prescribed rituals.

Jesus offers to “take away” our sins forever. How can we use this truth in our lives?

1. Turn your guilt over to the Lamb.
Psychologists tell us that guilt, whether real or imagined, leads to manifold problems. These problems can range from a troubled conscience to severe health problems. Few ever live their lives without serious regrets. These can trouble us if we do not place them where they belong: Give them to the Lamb.

2. Since the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus, removes your guilt, do not be troubled by false guilt.
While this might seem to smack of modern psychology, it actually leads to fruitful living. Many people suffer from a hair-trigger conscience. While we should confess our sins daily, remember that God has forgiven us and taken away the guilt. We should turn our past over to God. Unlike other religions or philosophies, God knows what to do with it. He removes it from our record, giving us a forever clean slate.

3. Serve God, who removed your guilt.
The most effective service does not come from those who feel goaded by God to serve Him. It comes from hearts that appreciate God’s kindness. God’s kindness, after all, leads us to Him:

“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4).

Do you live a life anchored in what the Lamb has done for you? Do you rejoice in your spiritual freedom and your acceptance before God? Will you serve this God?

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