The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
The Israelites were given specific instructions. Sacrifice a lamb, spread the blood of the lamb on each doorpost, and eat the lamb as the last meal before leaving Egypt. In the final plague on Pharaoh, the angel of death swept through the land killing all the firstborn, but he passed over the houses with the blood of the lamb on the doorposts. The Passover became a yearly remembrance in Israel.
Centuries later, John introduced Jesus as the Lamb of God. Jesus was God’s one-time-for-all-time sacrifice. In 1 Corinthians 5:7b Paul exhorts, “For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” When we apply His death to our lives, we are freed from the slavery of sin and death.
Jesus, our Passover Lamb, gives us the right to become children of God and protects us from the final enemy — death. Because of Jesus we will pass from death to life. One commentator explains it this way:
[Lamb of God] combines in one descriptive term the concepts of innocence, voluntary sacrifice, substitutionary atonement, effective obedience, and redemptive power like that of the Passover Lamb.
-Tenney, EBC, p. 38 from Gangel, John, (Vol. 4, p. 16)
Father, thank You for Jesus Christ, my Passover Lamb! Thank You that Jesus voluntarily went to the cross so that I can live. Thank You that Jesus died as my substitute and His death provides the atonement for my sin. Thank You that through the death of Jesus You have redeemed me — purchased me from the slavery of sin. Thank You for the Lamb of God. In His name. Amen.