Lamb of God

Jesus, the Lamb of God

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John 1 Bible Study
19-28 John the Baptist

29-34 Lamb of God

35-51 Andrew, Peter, Philip & Nathanael
JOHN 1:29  29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Why does John the Baptist call Jesus, "The Lamb of God" (John 1:29)?
Throughout the Old Testament, lamb "without blemish" (Exodus 12:5) was the animal God designated to be killed for the sins of His people as a prophetic symbol of the "Lamb" without sin whom "God will provide for Himself" (Genesis 22:8) to pay the death penalty for sinners, who then can be spared.

JOHN 1:30  30 This is He of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.'

Who was born first: John the Baptist or Jesus?
John the Baptist, by at least six months. (see Luke 1:36)

Then why does John say, "He was before me" (John 1:30)?
John's existence began at conception; Jesus has always existed and already "was" "in the beginning." (John 1:1)

Then why does John call Jesus "a Man" (John 1:30)?
Jesus remained fully God but also became fully man when He came to the earth.

JOHN 1:31-34  31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water." 32 And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God."

How did John the Baptist recognize Jesus as the Lamb of God?
God the Father had told him to look out for the one on whom the Holy Spirit would descend, as per John 1:32-33 above.

Does baptism wash away sins?
John 1:29 states that Jesus "takes away the sin of the world."

Then what did John’s Baptism do?
It was a sign of repentance. Those baptized were expressing that they are turning away from their sins.

But wasn't Jesus also baptized by John the Baptist?

Is the Bible saying that Jesus also had sins?
No, Hebrews 4:15 states, "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin."

Then why was Jesus baptized?
Matthew 3:13-17 provides additional details about Jesus' baptism: 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?" 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.' Jesus' baptism initiated His three year ministry and was the occasion that God the Father used to declare His Son to the crowd, which Matthew 3:5 describes as having come from "Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around Jordan."

What is the meaning of baptism today?
It is an outward acknowledgment of having been saved by Jesus, who died on the cross to pay the death penalty due for our sins.

Do we 'need' to be baptized to be with Jesus in heaven after we die?

How do we know that?
Luke 23:32-33 and 39-43 describe an un-baptized but repentant criminal whom Jesus took to heaven: 32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left... 39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." 42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." 43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

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