The Old Testament sacrificial system—the unending sacrifice of animals to atone for the sins of the people of God—always and in every way pointed to the unblemished Lamb of God, who would come into the world to offer Himself as a once-for-all sacrifice for sin.
John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
John the Baptist was the one God called a “voice crying in the wilderness,” who would announce the coming of this unblemished Lamb of God. John went on to say . . .
I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”
Jesus was the promised, perfect Lamb of God who would be sacrificed on our behalf to take away all our sins forever. He who knew no sin became sin for us. He was perfect in every way, fulfilling every aspect of the Law of God. “Do not think I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets,” Jesus said; “I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17). Only a perfect Lamb would be eternally acceptable to the Almighty . . . and Jesus was that Lamb.
The religious leaders of that day tried to convict Jesus of sin, but they could not do it. When they said Jesus was a Sabbath breaker and a blasphemer, He challenged them to prove it.
Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?
Make no mistake, if any of them could have proved Jesus guilty of sin, they would have done it. But they could not. So they conspired to get rid of Him anyway. Even Pontius Pilate could not find Jesus guilty of anything. He admitted, “I find no basis for a charge against him” (John 19:4). Why? Because Jesus never committed any crime or sin! He was the perfect, unblemished Lamb.
Here is one more testimony to the sinless nature of Jesus. Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “The last words of a dying man.” In some courts of law, these words will be admitted as evidence. One thing is for certain, they are taken seriously by those who hear them! You will remember that Jesus was crucified between two criminals. One hurled insults at Jesus. The other said something remarkable:
We are punished justly, getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.
The religious leaders could not prove Jesus guilty of any sin; Pilate could not find any guilt in Jesus; and the last words of a dying man testify to the truth that we find throughout all of sacred Scripture: Jesus is the unblemished Lamb of God who came to be sacrificed for the sins of all who will ever believe in Him.
Is it true for you? Has Jesus Christ taken away your sins? It is true for you if you will but look to Him in faith, trusting that the unblemished Lamb of God loves you and gave Himself for you so that you would be with Him for all eternity.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!