Bible Reading: Exodus 12:1-14
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! …As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!”
[John 1:29,36 NLT]
It is said that in the Welsh Revival the congregations sang over and over again, “The Lamb, the Lamb, the dying Lamb.” As Pastor Stephen Jeffreys was preaching in Llanelli in South Wales on July 16th, 1914 a vision of the Lamb of God suddenly appeared on the wall behind the pulpit. Shortly after this, the vision changed to the face of the “Man of Sorrows”. Here is a description of what happened as seen by Stephen Jeffreys’ son:
“It has been described as a Face beautiful beyond description, benevolent beyond words, the face of the ‘Man of Sorrows’; and the eyes – kind, sad, glorious eyes – moved in the living face. It wasn’t something that disappeared in a second – the vision remained on the wall for a period of six hours. The lights were turned out, but still the vision could be seen. News of this strange appearance brought a great crowd of people in who had not attended the evening service. Infidels who came along out of mere curiosity were convinced by the evidence of their eyes, and became converted.”
The two most obvious characteristics of a lamb are innocence and gentleness. The Lamb is an amazing picture of Jesus. Referring to Jesus, John the Baptist twice said, “Look! There is the Lamb of God.”
In our Bible reading today it was the blood of a slain lamb on the door frames that protected the Israelite people as the angel of death passed through Egypt. Later in the wilderness, the children of Israel killed a lamb without blemish every morning and evening as a sacrifice to atone for their sins [Exodus 29:38-42].
Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb of God who laid down His life and shed His blood for us. In the Old Testament the lamb was an unwilling victim, forced to die, but the death of the Lamb of God was voluntary – no man took His life from Him. He laid it down! He is the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world. Sin is the principle, but sins are the acts. Jesus dealt with the principle of sin on the cross, and in Him all our sins are forgiven!
Jesus in heaven is still the Lamb, and the song of the saints is, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, [Revelation 5:12].
All hail the Lamb enthroned on high
His praise shall be our battle cry
He reigns victorious forever glorious
His name is Jesus, He is the Lord
Charles Wesley wrote, “See all your sins on Jesus laid, the Lamb of God was slain; His soul was an offering made for every soul of man” Do you see all your sins laid on Jesus so that you can be free? What does this mean to you?