Dr. Ronnie Wolfe
use of a lamb for sacrifice began in Exodus Chapter 12 when the
Passover was instituted, a practice which Israel was to continue
throughout their generations.
That lamb was a type (a picture or
shadow) of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. The lamb in Exodus had to
be "without blemish" (Exodus 12:5). This is a type of Jesus' perfect,
sinless life, which was lived in our place so that He could later impute
His righteousness to us: 2 Cor. 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
our text today Jesus is said by John the Baptist that He is the Lamb of
God which takes away the sin of the world -- John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
is a Lamb due to his tenderness, mercy, grace, meekness, and humility.
It is this mercy that Titus 3:5 says "saved us." Therefore, Jesus is the
Lamb of God, not just a lamb that is an animal, for He is a man, made
as the express image of His Father, God. This Lamb takes away the sin of
the world, not the entire world as individuals inclusively, for many of
these will die in their sins; and, if the Lamb did actually take away
all the sins of the world, then there would be no sins for those who are
lost to die in. But He took away the sin of His people, those whom He
came to save; therefore, His dying was effective and effectual to
"us-ward" (Eph. 1:19). This Lamb we shall see in His character and His
work as we go through this grand book of John.