Series: Who is Jesus
Theme: Jesus, The Lamb of God
Lesson Number: 1 of 4
Lesson Title: The Sacrifice
Memory Verse: JOHN 1:29; The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”
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1 PETER 1:18&19; For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
In the very beginning, God told Adam that because of his disobedience, he would surely die. But God also had a plan to save us from death. This is why sacrifices were made. An animal was killed in the place of man. In the Old Testament the sacrifices were animals, usually lambs or goats or bulls that were killed. These animals had to be perfect, without spot or blemish. All these were reminders of the fact that a death was required to pay the penalty of our sin. But no animal sacrifice was really enough to pay that penalty. But God’s promise was to send a Savior to be the one sacrifice that would be enough. That sacrifice was Jesus. He had to be perfect, without sin so God sent His own Son.
Jesus was crucified, put to death at the time of the Jewish Passover feast. This was a special feast during which the people celebrated the long ago time when they were let free from slavery in Egypt. Exodus 12 tells that story. (read Exodus 12:1-41; or a condensed version)
When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to be baptized, he recognized that Jesus was this promised Lamb of God.