“John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!””
In the Old Testament, on the night of deliverance from slavery in Egypt, each Israelite family was directed to kill a flawless lamb. And sprinkle its blood on the doorposts of their house.
On that fateful night, the plague of death took the life of the firstborn son in every household, but it passed over the homes that were protected by the blood of the lamb.
The Israelites were saved from certain death not by their works but by the blood of the amb. (See Exodus 12.)
Jesus is our Passover Lamb. The substitute lamb. The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
He died in our place. And by His death we receive life. And by His blood we are forgiven and accepted as righteous before God the Father.
There is no way we can just make our own sins disappear. But the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, purifies us from all our transgressions and opens for each one of us not only a new year…but a new and living way to God.
Let us pray praising and thanking God for canceling our debt and the forgiving of our sins absolutely. Amen.