Many hear the phrase, “The Lamb of God” and think something endearing, something soft and shy. It was not unusual to have a lamb as a pet in the times of Christ and before. We think of pet pigs as an extravagance today. Yesterday dogs and cats were a menace and sheep, pigs, cows, etc are for the most part simply farm animals. No so in days gone by.
The Lamb of God was no pet. The Lamb of God was not an esoteric reference to the animal. The Lamb of God was something more powerful and important than man could ever realize. The Lamb of God was like the ewe lamb in the story Nathan used to convict David’s heart (2 Sam 12:1-13). This ewe lamb was loved, but it would be sacrificed for the greatest sin man could ever perpetrate.
Isaac asked Abraham, but where is the lamb we are to sacrifice (Gen 22:7). Abraham told Isaac, God will provide himself a sacrifice. John the Baptist has the distinct honor among men to introduce that sacrifice. Genesis 22:8, Ezekiel 45:15, Revelation 5:6, 7:17, 15:3, 19:9, 21:22-23, 22:1, 3 all tell us about the Lamb of God. This Lamb does not simply graze in the pastures of the world (Matt 12:1). This lamb is provided by God for the sacrifice (Gen 22:13). This lamb goes to the slaughter without a word (Matt 27:12). This lamb is not just a sacrifice for a specific people in the moment, minute, hour or year. This lamb was the atonement for all eternity past and future and for all mankind whether Jew or Gentile (Jn 1:29, Heb 9:26). Jesus is the Lamb given of God to put away the sins of the whole world.