The Sin Offering – Eating the Lamb of God | Bible Study | John 1:29

Welcome, friends, to another Bible study. In our passage today we’re going to be looking at John 1:29. In this
passage John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to him and he declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” This reference to a Lamb of
God was an allusion to the sin offering in the Old Testament. And today we’re
going to look at three passages about the sin offering that reveal that we are
to eat the sin offering. We are to eat the Lamb of God – make Him part of who we are. You may remember our last lesson where we
studied the beginning of the first chapter of John. “In the beginning
was the Word.” This was a name for Jesus. We are to eat the Word. We are to make His
teaching a part of our lives. And in so doing we receive Him. We make Him part of
our lives. We are going to go deep in just a minute, to stay tuned. This channel is all about Christ in you,
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the future Bible studies that we do. The Monarch butterfly lays its eggs on
milkweed. The larvae hatch and then they feed on that milkweed. They ingest the
chemicals that are found in that plant and those chemicals protect it from
predators. That’s the way it is when it comes to Christ. We are to feed on Him
and He becomes part of who we are, and we become part of who He is. And because of
this union with Him, then it protects us from sin and its effects. This is what
John was trying to get at when he declared that Jesus was the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world. Our first text regarding the sin offering is
found in Leviticus 4:35. In this passage in Leviticus it is talking about
the sin offering and how it was to be offered. And then it says, “Thus the priest
shall make atonement for him in regard to his sin which he has committed, and he
will be forgiven.” Sin was forgiven based on the sin offering. So in John 1:29 when John the Baptist declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of
the world,” the sin offering was the one that took away the sin of the sinner. So
John the Baptist was referring to the sin offering. Just like the Monarch
butterflies who eat the milkweed and it makes them immune to predators, so
it is with the sin offering. We are to take the sin offering and that is what
makes us immune to the effects of sin. The Old Testament sanctuary service was
full of dead ends. It had veils, one veil before the first
apartment of the sanctuary another before the second part of the sanctuary. The blood that was to be sprinkled on the mercy seat – because of the veil it
was sprinkled on the floor instead.The blood that was supposed to go on the
altar was poured out at the base of the altar. So there were multiple things that
were dead ends about that sanctuary service. It was a snapshot in time as a
prototype to reveal something about the reality which was to come. There
were multiple sacrifices that were also part of that, each one teaching something
else about the plan of salvation. But also there again, they were dead ends. They were not the full reality to which that sanctuary pointed. The sin offering
was no exception. Now the priests could only be made
priests if they were sons of Aaron. Nobody else in all of Israel could
become a priest. But in the reality to which the Old Testament sanctuary
service pointed, believers do become priests. 1 Peter 2:5 says, “You also, as
living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to
offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” So we as
believers become this household, this royal priesthood. That’s the second text that we were going to look at for tonight. Now in
the Old Testament sanctuary service there were actually two classes of sin
offerings there was a sin offering where the blood was brought inside the
tabernacle itself, and there were other sin offerings where the blood was
processed out in the courtyard. For those that were processed out in the courtyard,
the priests were to eat the bodies of those sin offerings. For the sin offerings where the blood was taken inside the sanctuary, they
were forbidden to eat the bodies of those sacrifices. Instead, those bodies,
after certain parts of them were offered on the altar of burnt-offering,
the rest of the bodies were taken out and burned outside the camp in the place
of the ashes. This was a dead end relative to the sin offering. Interestingly, in Hebrews 13:10-12, it says, “We have an altar from which
those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those
animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an
offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore, Jesus also, that He might
sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.” We are
to eat the body of the sin offering that was offered outside the gate. In other
words, in the reality to which that sin offering pointed, the priests were to eat
the body of the sin offering. So as we’ve seen, Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes
away the sin of the world. He is the sin offering for us. Because He
is the sin offering, as the Old Testament sanctuary service typifies, we are to eat
His body. This is what we talked about in our last study on John 1:1-14. It
says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God.” This was a name for Jesus and we are to
receive Him into us. And we receive Him by receiving His words – His teachings. Are you hungry? Are you craving something that you just can’t seem to find,
something to fill your heart, something that truly satisfies? There is one thing
that satisfies, and that is the Lamb of God, that is His teachings, taken in and
applied in our lives. When we receive His teachings we receive
Him, and then He works in us to will and to do according to His good pleasure to
make us all that he wants us to be. So if you’re hungry, I encourage you to
eat the Lamb of God.

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