Tuesday Night Bible Study | Tuesday, June 16, 2020
As we have been discussing, the term “Lamb of God” that John the Baptist used to identify Jesus was not simple guesswork or something he made up. It was a profound, prophetic revelation given to John by the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the ministry of Jesus. How do we know that? Because we can trace the Lamb of God in Scripture from Genesis to Revelation, clearly showing God’s intent to reveal His Son in that way all along. Let’s once again look at John the Baptist’s proclamation of the coming King.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).
Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:35-36).
Note, this may be the first time Jesus is called the Lamb of God in the New Testament, but we see traces of this revealed in the Old Testament beginning in Genesis 4.
The Lamb of God in Scripture
Consider the thoughts John the Baptist may have had right before he proclaimed Jesus as the “Lamb of God” as he remembered how the phrase was used in Scripture:
In Genesis 4:4 we have the Lamb as a type in the firstlings of a flock slain by Able in sacrifice.
In Genesis 22:8 we have the Lamb prophesied where Abraham says to Isaac, “My son, God will provide (for) Himself a lamb for the burnt offering.”
In Exodus 12 we have the Lamb slain and the blood applied to protect from judgment.
In Isaiah 53:7 we have the Lamb revealed as a person. For the first time, we learn the Lamb would be a Man.
In John 1:29, we have the Lamb identified as Jesus.
In Revelation 5 the Lamb is magnified by all the hosts of heaven.
And in Revelation 22:1, the Lamb is glorified, seated upon the throne of God.
Let’s unpack this truth together, shall we?
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