Times were uncertain. People were worried. They were in bondage and oppressed by the heavy and brutal hand of the all-powerful Roman army. This foreign power had invaded God’s land of promise. Rome’s hand of oppression was stamped everywhere! It was unimaginable! But, on a certain day during these uncertain times, God began to rescue His people. John the Baptist saw it first. “Take a good look.” He cried out, “Here comes the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” It was Jesus! No one fully understood the significance of God’s Lamb that day. How He must suffer, be tortured, and yes, even die. But God’s Lamb did die and was nailed to a cross as a criminal by those who sought His death. Yet, this was God’s plan to rescue all those in bondage to sin. Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.
On that very day, at that very hour, when God’s Lamb was crucified, in the Temple the Chief Priest was preparing the Passover Lamb for sacrifice for the sins of the people. Having inspected the unblemished lamb, he said, “I find no fault in him.” After the lamb was killed, he concluded the Passover Sacrifice by saying. “It is finished.” The words of the Chief Priest echoed loudly from the cross upon which God’s Lamb died. But there was a difference. The Temple’s Passover Lamb had to be replaced with a new lamb for the following year, the year after that, and so on. God’s perfect Lamb died only once for all.
The resurrection from the dead of God’s Lamb confirmed once and for all that the rescue of men, women, and children from the bondage of sin was complete. Revelation 7:9–10 lifts the curtain for us to see into the future where a multitude of people—too many to count—are gathered around the heavenly throne to worship the Lamb—God’s Lamb that was slain. God’s Lamb that takes away your sin, once and for all. Forgiven, Forgotten, Forever, Amen!