Behold the Lamb of God – Jesus
The sacrifices offered by the priest in the Jewish faith included the shedding of the blood of animals. This sacrificial system was instituted by God. It was meant to point them toward the perfect Lamb of God, a Redeemer who would come.
We know that during their time of captivity in Egypt, the death angel passed over the homes of the Israelites who were instructed to put the blood of a lamb on their door posts. The Jews celebrate this event of being spared death by God. Jesus also celebrated the Passover with His disciples. Jesus made a new covenant when He gave His life as the ultimate sacrifice during this time of final remembrance. Christ’s followers now celebrate “The Lord’s Supper” in remembrance of His sacrifice.
When Jesus came to John to be baptized, John declared: … “Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) We find God affirming by the Holy Spirit… “Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22)
One of the significant events which happened when Christ died on the cross was the veil of the temple being split in two. Only the high priests were permitted behind that veil to offer sacrifices for the people. When the veil was torn at Jesus’ death, it essentially signified that we now have access to God in another way.
God’s word tells us that Jesus became our high priest. When He ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of God. He makes intercession for us.
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” 1 John 2:1-3.
The priests died, but Christ our high priest continues to live. “But this man, because He continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore, He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:24-25
We find that under the old system sacrifices were repeated year after year. It served as a reminder to the people of their sinfulness and provided only a temporary covering always pointing toward the coming Messiah – the Lamb of God. Hebrews 10 tells us that it was a “shadow of good things to come.”
“And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering often the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God…” Hebrews 10:11-12.
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them who look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:28
Aren’t you grateful that we are no longer under the sacrificial system for our sins, that by accepting Christ as our Savior, we have access to God thru His sacrifice? Jesus said: “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world!”