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John 1:29; Exodus 12:1-13

John 1:29; Exodus 12:1-13

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Sermon: Jesus, the Lamb of God
Bible Passage: John 1:29; Exodus 12:1-13

John 1:29: On the next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

I. Five theologically significant words:

1. God
2. The Lamb
3. Sin
4. The world
5. Remove

II. With these five theologically significant words, John 1:29 implies the following:

1. Sin has caused damage to the relationship between man and God, and man is in bondage to Sin
2. Therefore, Sin needs to be dealt with and man be freed from the bondage of Sin
3. God takes the initiative to deal with the Sin
4. Just as God provided a provision in “Passover lamb” for people of Israel in Egypt to be released from Pharaoh, God provided “the Lamb of God” for the world to be released from the destructive consequences of “Sin”
5. The word “take away” is to remove the presence, power, and penalty of sin and deliver man to relate to have a restored relationship with God

III. In John 1:29, Jesus is analogously compared to the Passover lamb

1. Passover lamb of Israel vs. Lamb of God
2. Release from Egypt and slavery vs release from Sin and bondage
3. An animal for a nation vs Jesus for the world
4. Unblemished animal (Exod 12:5) vs Jesus without any sin (John 19:4)
5. The Passover animal was sacrificed in the evening (Exod 12:6) vs the Lamb of God died in the evening just before the preparation for the beginning of sabbath (John 19:31)
6. No bone of the Passover animal was broken (Exod 12:46) vs none of Jesus’ bone was broken (John 19:33)
7. With blood of the Passover lamb, the people of Israel were saved from God’s judgement in Egypt and delivered from slavery vs with the blood of the Lamb of God, God delivers sinners from eternal death (John 1:29)
8. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the Sin of the world (John 1:29) and effected deliverance to believers from the bondage of sin, which is their Passover experience
9. People of Israel commemorated God’s judgment and deliverance by the annual celebration of the Passover festival (Exod 13:14)

a. They were to celebrate the Passover without yeast (Exod 13:14-17)
b. They needed to consecrate themselves by purging all unclean things (Exod 13:14-17)
c. They celebrate by sharing the story of God’s judgment and deliverance

 

Take Away

 

1. Verse 6: Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?
2. Verse 7: Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed
3. Verse 8: Therefore, let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org