One of the names of Christ in the Bible in which we see Him as our Savior and Redeemer is “Lamb of God.” This name is mentioned twice in the Old Testament, but many times in the New Testament—29 times, primarily in Revelation.
The first New Testament passage in which “Lamb of God” is used is in John 1:29. Here when John the Baptist saw Jesus coming, he said to His disciples, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” He was prophesying of His sacrifice for us on the cross, that through His death our sins would be taken away (if we believe in Him).
A second New Testament passage is 1 Peter 1:18-19. Here Peter speaks to us of the blood of the Lamb, which redeems.
1 Peter 1:18-19
Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
Here we see that we were redeemed with precious blood, the blood of the One who was sinless—as of an unblemished and spotless lamb. Thus He was a perfect sacrifice (Ex. 12:5).
In the book of Revelation “Lamb” was mentioned 27 times, referring to the Lamb of God. Indeed, this title seems to be the focus of the book—that He is God’s Lamb, a perfect sacrifice and payment for our sins. I will mention just three references that were of most interest to me.
In Revelation 5, we see in John’s vision on actual lamb standing, as if slain, before the throne of God. And John heard the voice of many angels around the throne, with many living creatures and the elders. Thousands of thousands of them were saying with a loud voice (in Revelation 5:12-14),
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying,
“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”
14 And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
So here in John’s vision we get the point that Christ, who is the Lamb of God and our Redeemer, is worthy of all honor and praise. Thus we ought to continually honor Him with our praises.
The next couple references that were particularly touching to me were in Revelation 19:9 and 21:9. Here is the vision of the marriage of the Lamb; and we the church are His bride. Now when we see Him in the millennial kingdom I’m sure He won’t have the appearance of an actual lamb. However, with the title Lamb of God, we will forever envision Him as willingly giving His life for us. How will that make us feel, to be the wife of the Lamb? We will no doubt feel humbled by His presence—and loved! Oh, how much He loved us! What a tender love he is and will be to us. Our Lamb of God.
A third reference is in Revelation 21:27. Here it speaks of the Lamb having a book, called the Lamb’s book of life (mentioned also as the book of life in Rev. 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; and 22:9). This book contains the names of all those who are elected for eternal life. If you are a Christian your name is already written there, and it can’t be erased. How does it feel to have your name written in this book called the Lamb’s book of life? To me, well, I feel honored and loved, because it means that I am one that He gave His life for as a lamb.