“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” Romans 5:1-11
LAMB OF GOD
We boast in the hope of God’s glory because we have been justified through faith in Jesus Christ who died for us while we were still sinners. Jesus was sacrificed so that sinners would be justified through His blood.
Before Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sin the people made offerings to God on a regular basis to obtain atonement for their sins. A sacrificial lamb was used as sin offering (Lev 4:32-35) and burnt offering for purification (Lev. 9:3). We can read Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers and see that God repeatedly requires offerings to be young and without defect (Exodus 12:5, Lev 1:10, Num 6:14).
Exodus 12 shows us that lambs were not only used as sin offerings but also used to save us from destruction and God’s wrath. When Pharaoh chose to face the plagues instead of letting the Israelites go, God sent the 10th and final plague to wipe out all the first born. He instructed the Israelites to mark their doors with the blood of year old male lamb without defect. The plague passed over the faithful inside of the homes marked with the blood while Pharaoh and the rest of Egypt suffered great loss.
John the Baptist announced in John 1:29 “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” and shortly after in John 1:36 he again calls Jesus the Lamb of God. John was pointing out the sacrifice that would be made. He was acknowledging that Jesus Christ who is pure and without blemish (1 Peter 1:18-20) would become a sin offering through the blood He would shed on the cross. He would become our sacrificial lamb. The name, Lamb of God, was not merely a name, but was a revelation of the purpose Jesus would fulfill.
As a lamb led to slaughter, Jesus took our sins upon Himself and died once for us all. Another lamb would never need to be sacrificed as a sin offering. No other blood would ever need to be spilled as a sacrifice to justify the sinner. The most pure and holy Lamb of God now carried the weight of the sins of the world. Not just for sins previously committed but for all future sins as well. Not just for one people group but for all people (1 Peter 3:18).
Here we stand today, in grace, at peace with God, and in the hope of His glory (Romans 5:1-2), as believers who have been justified through Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.
What can you learn about Christ’s character from His name Lamb of God?
What are some other names for Jesus that reveal His purpose while He was here on earth?