LXXVIII. The Lamb of God.

JOHN i. 29. “Behold
the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

THE phraseology is connected with the Old Testament
teaching on sacrifice. Jesus is the antitype of Old Testa-
ment sacrifice.
He is the Lamb of God, because an ordinary victim
could not take away sin.
He takes away the sin of the world, for the dignity of
the victim gives all sufficiency to His atonement
We use the text—
I. To direct the sinner to the source of salvation. He
taketh away—a present thing; the sin—what troubles you;
of the world—so yours is included.
II. To stimulate the Christian to earnest gratitude. Let
us be stirred by the contemplation of the death of Christ
on our behalf.
III. The text may serve as a pattern to the preacher of
the Gospel. The Baptist always pointed away from himself
to his Master.
W. M.Taylor, D.D.