When John the Baptist saw the Savior coming toward him, he said,
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29
The story goes that while the London Metropolitan Tabernacle was being built, one of the construction workers heard Charles Spurgeon proclaim just these thirteen words, and he was saved. What a wondrous work of God through the voice of the Prince of Preachers.
In these thirteen words, we have the good news of Jesus Christ. He is the Lamb of God. In the Old Covenant, the Jews would sacrifice a lamb in order to atone for their sins. But no mere lamb was sufficient to totally cover all sin. None, that is, but the Lamb of God.
Jesus would be the ultimate sacrifice, the One who was truly without blemish, and the One who was able to take on the infinite punishment due sin.
And He takes away the sin of the world. For all who believe in Him, all over the world, their sins have been removed from them as far as the east is from the west. Praise God!
O behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.