As you probably know I love old covenant typology, knowing that these types and shadows point to Jesus and His finished work.
One of my favourite pieces of old covenant typology is from the first chapter of John when Jesus is baptised (and before you ask, most of the Gospels is under the old covenant).
John saw Jesus prior to His baptism and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world” (John 1 v 29).
After the baptism of Jesus, John said, “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1 v 36).
Why the difference, why no mention of sin after His baptism?
Water baptism is symbolic of our salvation experience, but also symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
We have seen from recent DIGs ( Dec 11th, 12th, 13th and 25th) that Jesus was born as our sacrificial lamb (1 Peter 1 v 19).
He was born to deal with the sin of us all (Matthew 1 v 21).
When Jesus died on the cross He dealt with all sin for all people for all time; He finished the sin issue in the eyes of Father God.
After Jesus died sin was no longer an issue for God.
So sin was an issue before His death but not an issue after His death.
Hence the typology of the baptism of Jesus is all about the sin issue; before His baptism John spoke about sin, but he did not after the baptism as he was telling us that it would not be an issue after the death of Jesus.
This is a wonderful piece of typology, a great picture about the work of Jesus.
He came to die to remove the barrier of sin, and once He had died, was buried and resurrected (remember this is what His baptism is pointing towards) sin was no longer a problem for God.
So John does not say anything about sin after His baptism, wonderful!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that the barrier of sin between me and God has been removed”.
John 1 v 36…..And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God