29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”[i]
The Lamb of God is an ancient symbol for Christ. The gospels (especially John’s gospel) tell the story of Jesus making His way to Jerusalem for His own crucifixion at Passover. The connection here between the deliverance of God’s people at Exodus though the blood of the lamb and the atoning death of Jesus is obvious.
Here in the season of Eastertide, we thank You for how salvation has come to us through the blood of the perfect Lamb, our Lord and Savior Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.