In John the Baptist’s revelation in the verse above, I’m taken aback by the fact that John had this realization about the living and breathing Jesus. Thinking about what a sacrificial lamb meant in the time before Jesus came down to earth, I’m reminded that the value and worth of the lamb came once the sacrifice was made. Indeed, each animal sacrifice made in the Old Testament brought redemption to the people, but it was limited. John identifies Jesus as the Lamb of God, pointing to one thing: the fate of the Lamb is to be slaughtered. Jesus’ perfect life and ultimate surrender brought eternal redemption to us—once and for all! Today I am thankful that we have access to that redemption and a restored relationship with God, something we could never achieve without the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!'"
"With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever."