The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”-John 1:29
Why does John the Baptist use the term “Lamb of God” to describe Jesus? When God first created mankind we walked in perfect fellowship with him. However, Adam and Eve were tempted by the devil to eat the forbidden fruit and sinned against God. This led to the breaking of the perfect fellowship that had existed between them and God. If you remember this story from Genesis then you remember that God told Adam and Eve that they couldn’t eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because they would die. The death that they suffered was not physical death, but was spiritual death. The fellowship they had had with God was broken. However, God had a plan for restoring man’s fellowship with him. Through the people of Israel and the sacrificial laws that he established for them he showed us a glimpse of his plan. Because under the law the only way to receive remission for your sins was through the sacrifice of a perfect lamb, a lamb without blemish or defect. However, this had to be done constantly and continually. Then finally the timing was right for God to institute his perfect plan to restore our ability to walk in fellowship with him. He sent Jesus, his son, to walk among us and to be the only person who ever lived a sinless life. Why? So that the law could be fulfilled. So that the sin debt that you and I owe could be paid in full forever. With the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus there is no need for complex rituals involving the sacrifice of animals on a daily basis, because the debt of sin has been paid in full. That is way John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Your sins have been forgiven and all you have to do accept the free gift that God offers you.