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The Witness of John the Baptist
This was the message of John the Baptist when he saw Jesus. He said: “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29). Before John the Baptist, the Jews used to sacrifice many lambs for the atonement of their sins, but now the Lamb of God became a sufficient sacrifice for all the sins of the world. Before Christ, many lambs had to be sacrificed to atone for and to purify the iniquities of people, while now, only the Lamb of God is a sufficient sacrifice for the sins of all. Before the crucifixion, many lambs used to be sacrificed on behalf of the people of Israel only, but now there is the Lamb of God, who was sacrificed on behalf of the whole world. (John 1:29). We read in Genesis 4 about Abel who sacrificed from the best of his sheep to the Lord. We see here one lamb for one man. In Exodus 12 we read about one lamb being sacrificed on behalf of a whole family. In Leviticus we read about one lamb for the whole Jewish race, but now, Christ the Lamb of God is for the whole world.