How Do We “Behold the Lamb of God” in John 1:29?

“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” John 1:29, ESV 

“…and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God!’” – John 1:36, ESV

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” – Rev. 12:11, ESV

But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” – Rev. 21:27, ESV

Who Is the Lamb of God in the Bible?

We know in the Gospel of John that John the Baptist was referring to Jesus when he exclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God!” There were also Old Testament prophecies concerning the sacrifice of a servant for his people. Jesus was prophesied as the Lamb of God in Isaiah 53:7 and Isaiah 53:12, which reads: “Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” 

Jesus is the perfect sacrifice; He chose to sacrifice His life for us so that in Him, we would have new life. “The substitutionary death of Christ takes away the sin of the whole world, including all Gentiles – a shocking revelation to the Jewish readers” (Moody Bible Commentary). Jesus chose to sacrifice His life for all people. In the greatest act of love the world will ever witness, God sent His only Son to be sacrificed for all mankind:


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