The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! “
In the Jewish religion, every time you sinned you had to offer the life an animal as a sacrifice. You would take the lamb without any spots and lead it to the temple. There you would confess your sin upon the head of the lamb. Then you would take a knife and slice the lamb’s throat yourself. The blood of the lamb was applied to the horns of the altar and poured out beneath the altar. The sin transferred from you to the lamb and then to the blood.
Jesus came to take away all sin in the world. Every time someone says a lie, is lustful, covets or has cherished sins, there is a cost. Every time someone is proud steals or takes the name of the Lord God in vain, there is a cost. The wages of sin, all sin from lying to murder, is death. But praised be to God that Jesus is our Lamb.
Jesus transferred every single sin you have ever committed and will commit to Himself. From the open sins to the secret sins no one ever saw you do. He takes them all on Himself, then He took the punishment for those sins. He died and poured out His blood on the altar of sacrifice.
Why? So that you could be free of sin. So that you could have a chance at eternal life. Jesus died because He couldn’t imagine heaven without you there. Jesus has already paid the cost and now extends to you the offer of freedom. Give your sins to Jesus and accept the freedom He bought with His life.