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Mary Fairchild

The Lamb Who Takes Away Sin

By November 12, 2013

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When God the Father gave instructions for the wilderness tabernacle, he included a system of animal sacrifices to make atonement for the sins of the people. In our day and culture, ritualistic animal killing seems foreign and offensive to many. But in ancient Israel, it was a regular part of worship. Only a perfect, spotless animal would qualify to be sacrificed, and its blood had to be shed.

John the Baptist recognized the significance of these Old Testament sacrifices. When he saw Jesus in John 1:29, he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (ESV) The tabernacle offerings pointed to our Savior, Jesus Christ. He was the sinless, perfect Lamb, the only acceptable sacrifice able to take way the sin of the world, once and for all.

Learn more about the tabernacle offerings and why, after Jesus' death on the cross, animal sacrifices are no longer necessary:

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