JOHN THE BAPTIST IDENTIFIES JESUS (The Fourth Cup & Lamb of God)
Now we said Jesus is the unblemished Lamb in this sacrifice. How do we know that? John the Baptist identifies Jesus for us. Remember John the Baptist? He was Jesus’ cousin, who said, “I am ‘the voice of one crying out in the desert, “Make straight the way of the Lord,” (John 1:23) But just how is John the Baptist making straight the path of the Lord? One way is by identifying Him as the Lamb. It says, “The next day,” John the Baptist, “saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Now the word “behold” means, “Look!” “Look.” “The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” “The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God." (John 1:35-36)
Now this is not just a lamb that is sacrificed and its blood sprinkled on the altar for the atonement of one man’s sin; this is the Lamb of God. This Lamb is sacrificed to take away the sin of the entire world. In 1st Peter he records that Jesus is a spotless unblemished lamb. “Now if you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one's works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb.” (1 Peter 1:17-19)
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