When the Old Testament Passover was instituted the people were instructed to sacrifice a lamb that was unblemished. (Exodus 12:5) It could not be the “runt of the litter” nor one that was sickly. It was meant to be the best. It was the Lamb of God.
But the Old Testament Passover lamb was not the true Lamb of God. It was merely symbolic of the true “Lamb” that would come and pay for the sins of His people. When Jesus came on the scene, John the Baptist proclaimed: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Jesus would pay the eternal price for His people. And rather than being the Savior for a particular nation, He would be the Savior of the world. This means that all people, regardless of nationality, can find redemption in Christ. They must be born again by the Spirit; but their skin color makes no difference.
The Apostle Peter also made reference to Jesus as the Lamb of God. “You were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. (1 Peter 1:18-19) Christians are paid for by the blood of the true Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
What the Old Testament Passover lamb symbolized, Jesus actualized. What the Old Covenant lamb of God was in “shadow”-- Jesus was in substance. What the Old Covenant Passover lamb prophesied, Jesus fulfilled. Today we don’t need animal sacrifices. In fact, they would be pointless. Because the “work” of atonement is done. Jesus declared, “It is finished!” (John 19:30)
So what does the “Lamb of God” mean to you? Is it nothing more than an interesting story about religion? Or do you have a saving relationship with this Lamb? Have you turned from your sin in repentance and submitted to Christ by faith? Are you in fact born again by the Spirit? And does your life and heart reflect this?
The Bible says that all true believers will spend eternity praising the Lamb who is worthy to be praised. We will be in the presence of our Savior who died for us. Pain, sorrow, sickness, and sadness will be no more. We will experience glory and joy far beyond anything we’ve ever known in this life. Sin will no longer entangle us. Sickness will no longer afflict us. While lingering effects of the sin curse still bother us in this life. The decisive blow has already been struck. The price has already been paid. The work has already been accomplished….. Behold the Lamb of God!