The Sacrificial Lamb

Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:19-34)

The ministry of John the Baptist was so powerful that it attracted huge crowds.

Many people wondered if he was the Messiah (the Christ).

John was very careful to point out to the priests and Levites sent by the Pharisees that he was not the Christ.

John also denied that he was Elijah or the coming Prophet. The Jews were expecting Elijah to return to earth. The 'Prophet' is another term for the Messiah.

John was a great preacher and a very humble man who pointed men away from himself to Christ.

He was the herald who called on the people to prepare for the coming of Christ among them.

The Lord Jesus came the next day to be baptized and John pointed Him out as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Why did Jesus submit to baptism if it is for sinners who have repented? Jesus identified Himself with sinful mankind by taking human flesh and this is symbolized in His baptism. His baptism also represented the baptism of terrible suffering which He was to suffer in His death as our sacrificial Lamb.

John also testified that Jesus is the Son of God who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. This title of Jesus proves His equality with God the Father. The Jewish leadership recognized His claim to be equal with God and they hated Him for it.

The almighty Son of God died as a sacrificial Lamb to save sinners. That was John's message. It is ours too! The message does not change! Sinful men and women still need to be saved and the only Savior is the risen Lord Jesus Christ!