John 1:29-34 ~Jan 2, 2011

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The LORD spoke to us through John 1:29-34.  In vs. 29 He used the grand epithet “The Lamb that takes away the sin of the world.”  This is a mysterious statement to the world of the lost.  To the people of God it is understood that the LORD had provided a way for their sins to be forgiven.  Through the Law of God He gave them the sacrificial offering of an innocent lamb to cover their sins.  They would come to the temple, confess their sins while laying their hands on the animal and then the animal would be sacrificed, its blood taken into the temple and sprinkled on the “Mercy Seat” covering their sins for one year.  But now, John the Baptist vs.29 says to the people that had come to his baptism “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.”  Notice that Jesus the man is called a lamb.  Jesus was innocent and He came into the world to give His body as a sacrifice for our sins, the sins of the world Hebrews 10:5-10.  Notice that it is said by John the Baptist that He, “Taketh away the sin of the world.”  The animal’s blood only covered their sin for one year.  The blood of Jesus takes away the sin.  When we receive Christ Jesus as our savior He takes away the ability of sin to destroy us by becoming our eternal living Savior and giving us His life, His Spirit to change us to become holy.  Also notice he said that Jesus takes away the sin of the world.  On the cross, Jesus became the man guilty for all mankind, the man on whom God poured out His wrath for sin on for all mankind.  So, technically all of mankind has waiting for them salvation if they will as John. 1:12 declares “Receive” Him.  If they do not receive Him they do not have the salvation that He has procured for them. 

John declared that he baptized with water only, to make ready the people prepared for the coming Messiah, but Jesus the Messiah/Christ baptizes with the Holy Ghost.  This is what we need.  When we receive Jesus vs. 12 He gives us the power to become the children of God.  This power is the life of Jesus we receive as we are baptized by His Spirit at the New Birth, John 3:5-8.  This word, baptize, means to overwhelm.  The Holy Spirit overwhelms us and seals us, Ephesians 1:13-14 and gives us the new life of the Spirit of Christ Jesus, 2 Corinthians 5:17.

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