Behold the Lamb of God
Objects: A Lamb (real or toy one), red and blue ribbon tied around its neck.
One of the most wonderful statements in God's Word, boys and girls, concerns the Lord Jesus as the "Lamb of God."
John the Baptist, as you know, was a herald or forerunner of Jesus. One day, as he was preaching and baptizing beyond the Jordan, the Lord Jesus came. Many had gathered about John to hear his preaching, but as soon as he saw Jesus, he turned the attention of all to Him, as he said, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."—John 1:29. John identified the Lord Jesus with the lambs of the Old Testament. The people understood the meaning and purpose of a lamb.
All through the Old Testament God had been preparing the people for the coming of His Son, who was to shed His precious blood on the Cross. He taught them through object lessons. The lamb in sacrifice always pointed to the Cross. The people's sins were covered and passed over by the blood of a sacrifice which pictured the death of the Lord Jesus. On Passover night, down in Egypt, lambs were slain at God's command (Exodus 12:1-13), and the blood placed over the door. God said, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you" (Exodus 12:13). All of those who were in houses which had the blood on the door were spared that night, when the angel of death passed over the land.
Perhaps some of you are wondering why we don't kill lambs today, and use the blood for an atonement for our sins. The reason is, that the Lord Jesus is God's Lamb. He has come and fulfilled in every detail the Passover lamb of the Old Testament. He died on the Cross and shed His precious blood; all of those who have received Him as their Saviour, are sheltered today by the blood. The Christian can truly say, "For even Christ Our Passover is sacrificed for us."—1 Cor. 5:7.
I have here a little lamb (present lamb) with a blue and red ribbon around its neck. The blue ribbon is a heavenly color and tells us that the Lord Jesus was God's Lamb from heaven. The red ribbon is the picture of blood and sacrifice and tells us that God's Lamb died on the Cross (Romans 5:8). I trust, boys and girls, that whenever you see a little lamb you will be reminded of the Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world. Have you ever received Him as your Lamb, the One who died for your sins? If not, won't you do so today?