Behold The Lamb Of God
The one characteristic that distinguishes the God of the Bible from the “god” which most people follow is this: The True and Living God requires PERFECT satisfaction to His infinite law and justice. The God of the Bible is so holy, and His justice is so strict that He CAN’T and WON’T overlook the least sin in the ‘best’ of men. Where He finds ONE transgression, He must meet the transgressor with infinite justice and eternal condemnation – “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4) “The wages of sin is DEATH (eternal condemnation) (Romans 6:23a).
Even though the One True God is so strict and His justice is so swift, there stood a Representative Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Surety and Substitute of ALL God’s elect, who is lovingly called “the Lamb of God” by John the Baptist. This LAMB is seen in type and shadow at the very beginning of time when Adam, the representative of ALL MANKIND sinned against God and plunged every sinner he represented into a state of condemnation – “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21) What we see “through a glass dimly” in this verse is SUBSTITUTION. The Lord Himself killed an innocent animal and made a covering for Adam’s transgression. This great truth of the Lamb is prevalent all throughout God’s Word. In fact, the word “lamb” is used 100 times from Genesis to Revelation. God progressively gave more light from Genesis to Malachi concerning this Lamb’s origin and His accomplishment. We see Him in the ram caught in the thicket when Abraham went to offer up Isaac – Genesis 22:13. We see a vivid description of the Lamb in the Passover lamb – “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats.” (Exodus 12:5) This tells us the Lamb must be from among the sheep, i.e., He must be flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone, and He had to be “without blemish”, i.e., PERFECT. We see the effectiveness of the Lamb’s blood in all the ordinances of the Mosaic Law and the Aaronic priesthood. But all of this paled in comparison to the fulfillment of all the types when John the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” His was not merely a covering for sin; He actually took it away enabling God to justify sinners from every tribe, nation, and tongue, for whom God sent His Son into the world to lay down His life. They have been redeemed, justified, and forever forgiven by His shed blood. That is why He is called, ‘the Lamb OF GOD!’ He is God’s Lamb, God’s Savior, and God’s Substitute appointed for sinners that He chose from eternity.
By Richard Warmack