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John 1:29 & meaning...


the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

John 1:29


John 1 [26.] John answered them, “I baptize in water, but among you stands one whom you don’t know. He is the one who comes after me, who is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I’m not worthy to loosen.” These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John 1 [29.] The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me.’ I didn’t know him, but for this reason I came baptizing in water: that he would be revealed to Israel.” John testified, saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending like a dove out of heaven, and it remained on him. I didn’t recognize him, but he who sent me to baptize in water, he said to me, ‘On whomever you will see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”


  • The Lamb of God:

John the Baptist's proclamation of Jesus as the "Lamb of God" carries deep theological meaning. Throughout the Old Testament, sacrificial lambs were offered as atonement for sin. Jesus, by being identified as the Lamb of God, is depicted as the ultimate sacrifice for sin, fulfilling the foreshadowing of sacrificial offerings in the Old Testament. This echoes Isaiah 53:7, where the Messiah is described as being led "like a lamb to the slaughter."

  • A Universal Savior:

John's declaration emphasizes the universal scope of Jesus' mission—to take away the sin of the world. Unlike the sacrificial system of the Old Testament, which was limited to the people of Israel, Jesus' sacrifice is sufficient to atone for the sins of all humanity. This aligns with 1 John 2:2, which states that Jesus "is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world."

  • The Sin of the World:

John's proclamation highlights the seriousness and extent of human sinfulness. The phrase "the sin of the world" encompasses not only individual sins but also the collective rebellion and brokenness of humanity. Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross is the means by which God addresses the root cause of sin and offers reconciliation to all who believe in Him.

  • Jesus' Identity Revealed:

John the Baptist's declaration serves as a revelatory moment in Jesus' ministry, publicly affirming His identity as the long-awaited Messiah and Savior. This echoes the words of God the Father at Jesus' baptism, when He declared, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17). John's testimony further reinforces Jesus' divine mission and purpose.


As we reflect on John 1:29, we are invited to consider the significance of Jesus' sacrificial death for our own lives. Do we recognize the depth of our need for a Savior and the magnitude of Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf? Are we willing to acknowledge Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away our sin and offers us forgiveness and reconciliation with God? May we respond with gratitude and humility to the profound truth of Jesus' sacrificial love.

In conclusion, John 1:29 encapsulates the heart of the Christian message—the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. It emphasizes Jesus' universal mission as the Savior of the world and invites us to personally respond to His offer of salvation. May we embrace Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away our sin and experience the freedom and joy that come from knowing Him.

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PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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