While writing my DIG yesterday I was reminded about the baptism of Jesus where John the Baptist refers to Him as the Lamb of God.
We know the symbolism here; Jesus would be our Passover and would be sacrificed as such (1 Corinthians 5 v 17).
I also love here the picture of Jesus dealing with our sin.
Before His baptism John sees Jesus and says this, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1 v 29).
After His baptism he simply says, “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1 v 36).
Why did he not mention about sin the second time?
Well, the baptism of Jesus is a picture of His death and resurrection.
Going into and under the water is a picture of death while the coming up and out of the water is a picture of His resurrection.
After His death and resurrection our sin was not an issue anymore, He had dealt with all our sin on the cross.
Jesus was the payment for all sin for all people, and the payment was made on the cross (1 John 2 v 2).
So with baptism being a picture of His death and resurrection there was no need to mention sin, as it was no longer an issue for God, it had been dealt with.
What a wonderful picture of the finished work of Jesus, with sin no longer being an issue for God all because of what Jesus would do.
We are blessed in living under the New Covenant when that work has been done and completed!
Speak this out….”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that He was the Lamb of God”.
John 1 v 36…..And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God