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“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Why is Jesus called the Lamb of God?

l. He is called the Lamb of God to reveal His nature to us. We know that a lamb is a picture of innocence and purity. Jesus was true man in all things, “…tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

2. He is called the Lamb of God to show us His way. He came to this earth with a very clear divine purpose, namely to be slain for our sins. “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain” (Revelation 5:12). He was not taken by surprise at His execution, for He said in holy determination, “For this cause came I unto this hour” (John 12:27).

3. Jesus is called the Lamb of God to reveal the nature of His victory. The victory of Jesus is the victory of the Lamb. What is more helpless and dependent than a lamb? One of the weakest of all creatures does the greatest thing of all! The Lamb in its fragility bears the greatest burden of all. Jesus accomplished the victory apart from all human effort. Surely He was “crucified through weakness” (2 Corinthians 13:4), but He rose in power. This is why the words, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) are so tremendous in their divine contradiction.

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