And looking on Jesus as he walked, he said, Behold the Lamb of God!
I. WHAT ARE WE TO SEE WHEN WE LOOK ON JESUS? With what eyes? Time was when men saw Him with their natural eyes, and He was an offence. Time will be when every eye shall see Him, and He will be to many a terror. In heaven He is seen with glorified eyes. To us now He may be seen with the eye of faith. Using this, not having seen Him, we love Him and receive life from Him. What is the sight?
1. The great Creator (ver. 1).
2. The great Creator manifested in the flesh.
3. The Divine fulness for the salvation of men.
(1) The full expiation of sin.
(2) All the grace to be communicated to His saints.
(3) Grace for grace.
(4) All supplies necessary for living and dying, obeying and suffering, endurance and triumph, progress and perfection.
II. FOR WHAT ENDS ARE WE TO CONTEMPLATE HIM.
1. That we may have tenderness of heart under sin. Here is a sight to soften stony hearts.
2. That we may have relief under conviction of sin. If He can take away the sin of the world, He can take away a world of sin in you.
3. That we may have courage and patience under all suffering. As He was in the world, so must we be.
4. That we may not stagger at the promises through unbelief. The Messianic prophecies were fulfilled in Him. Shall we, then, disbelieve that those which concern us will bebroken.
(A. Beith, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
WEB: and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"