"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29)
Perhaps you’re familiar with this beautiful song that encapsulates the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus Christ in our behalf: “He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sins away. And now I sing a brand new song, amazing grace; Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay….” Yes, indeed, He paid the full penalty for our sins!
When Adam disobeyed God, the inevitable consequence was spiritual death (Genesis 2:17), which is total severance or separation from God.
"Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned"
However, God immediately introduced the sacrifice of bulls and goats as atonement for sin. This was the order with the children of Israel in the Old Testament, for without the shedding of blood, there couldn’t be remission for sin (Hebrews 9:22).
Nevertheless, the Bible lets us know that the sacrifice of bulls and goats couldn’t take away sin:
"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins."
God then activated a grand plan for man’s total salvation by sending Jesus Christ. Man’s salvation was consummated when Jesus Christ—the Lamb of God—was offered to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29). The Bible calls Him “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
By His death on the Cross, Jesus bore our sins and washed them away with His blood, once and for all time! He paid the ultimate price for sin, which man had incurred without a means of settlement.
"Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption."
Christ has paid for the remission of your sins. Now, you’re washed, sanctified, and justified; free from sin, death, and destruction. Glory to God!
Blessed be God! I'm washed, sanctified, glorified, and justified. I'm the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, because Jesus bore my sins and gave me His righteousness. Now, I'm an associate of the God-kind; a participator in the divine experience, walking in the newness of life, and in the light of my righteousness in Christ. Hallelujah!
Further Study: John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 5:17-18