We’re going to skip ahead a bit in The Story today, to see that Zechariah’s words of prophecy did in fact come to pass. Baby John grew up to become the prophet of the Highest (Luke 1:76), preparing the way for Christ! At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, John would call Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” After such a long time of sacrificing lambs, the last Lamb was here to take care of sin once and for all.
For Discussion (questions taken from Narration 26 of The Story of God and Man):
- What did God say after Jesus was baptized? (He said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”)
- Has God ever said that He is well pleased with any other man? (There is not any other person who is pleasing to God as Jesus was, because all other men are sinners.)
- When John said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” to what was he likening Jesus? (He was saying that Jesus was like the lambs which for years had been killed and offered as sacrifices in the place of sinners.)
- Think back through all the Bible stories you have heard. What other incidents do you remember where people sacrificed lambs to cover their sins so that they could approach God? (Abel offered a lamb when he worshipped God. Abraham was about to kill his beloved son Isaac when he saw the lamb caught in the bush. God had put the lamb there so that it could die in the place of Isaac. In Egypt God said that the eldest son of each family would die—unless they killed a lamb and put its blood on the doorposts of the house. That lamb died in the place of the firstborn. On the Day of Atonement, the High Priest Zechariah killed animals and took the blood into the Holy of Holies to atone first for his own sin, and then for all the people.)
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Main Resources used for this Jesse Tree Study:
* The Story of God and Man a booklet that goes through “narrations” of scripture, starting at the beginning, and brings you through a biblical worldview while building up the story of our Savior. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about getting a copy.
*CRI’s Jesse Tree Scripture Reading List