Behold the Lamb!

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”John 1:29

LambThat is what John the Baptist proclaimed as Jesus’ ministry started when he was about to make the biggest sacrifice in history; giving himself up for us. Taking the punishment that we deserve. Bearing God’s wrath upon himself rather than us.

There is no doubt whatsoever that John was fulfilling one of the most important prophecies that had ever been prophesied. The words of Isaiah 53 are explicitly laid out, just in this small (yet very big) proclamation. We read;

“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted, but He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he opened not His mouth.”

What a prophecy! Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ these words were said of him!

Throughout the Old Testament, Jews would sacrifice lambs in place of their Sin. Maybe William Holman Hunt realised that Jesus was the ultimate sacrificial lamb, the ultimate cure for sin, the finished work of the

The Scapegoat, William Holman Hunt

This is the painting of The Scapegoat, William Holman Hunt

Salvation plan when he used these biblical verses on his famous painting, “The Scapegoat”,

‘Surely he hath borne our Griefs and carried our Sorrows, yet
did we esteem him, stricken, smitten of GOD and afflicted’.

‘And the Goat shall bear upon him all their Iniquities unto a Land not
inhabited’.

How amazing it is for us to be able to say, “Behold the Lamb!” when talking about Jesus. Jesus has fully paid the price of our sin, and it is something we can be eternally thankful for.

As true worshippers of God, we cant praise and worship God without a thankful heart. After all, thanks is a key element to our Salvation. Thank Jesus for his sacrifice today, and in doing this, remember John 1:29.

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • Very nice Dean. Nice site layout too. I’ve got you bookmarked now.

    • Thanks Andy! Glad you’ve bookmarked. Do you have a blog that you write which I can read?