In the old covenant that God established with His people there was a required sacrifice to atone for sin. A spotless lamb was taken to the temple as an offering and sacrifice, representing a temporary atonement for God’s people. This symbolic substitute was also a reminder of the consequences and cost of sin. The blood of lambs was shed year after year, but still could not take away sin, a greater sacrifice was needed.
The Israelites had no power in themselves to overcome sin and lambs they offered up were only covering sin, not removing it. The requirement of sacrifice in the Law was a shadow of what was to come (Hebrews 10:1). When John the Baptist declared Jesus to be “The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29), he was saying that Jesus was the greater sacrifice that was enough to accomplish all that the old covenant could not. Through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection God established a new covenant of grace. God gave up His own Son to be that perfect sacrifice. Jesus is the Lamb, sinless and without blemish, and by the shedding of His blood, a sacrifice for sin was made once and for all.
- Week 1 – John 1:24-36
- Week 2 – Exodus 12:12-23, Hebrews 10:1-14
- Week 3 – 1 Peter 1:18-21, 1 John 2:1-2
- Week 4 – Revelation 5:6-10