John 1:36 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:36, NIV: "When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, 'Look, the Lamb of God!'"

John 1:36, ESV: "and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”"

John 1:36, KJV: "And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!"

John 1:36, NASB: "and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and *said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God!'"

John 1:36, NLT: "As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, 'Look! There is the Lamb of God!'"

John 1:36, CSB: "When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God! ""

What does John 1:36 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In verse 29, John the Baptist referred to Jesus as "The Lamb of God." This actually doesn't refer to a temple sacrifice, but to the days of Passover and Moses. The final plague of Egypt was the death of the firstborn, and only those whose doors were covered with the blood of a lamb were spared. The preparation for sudden travel, and the covering of blood, made a powerful symbol of Jesus' work on the cross. In fact, the instructions given to Moses would have created a bloody cross on every Israelite door, from the blood of that sacrificed lamb (Exodus 12:21–23). After the judgment, those who stepped through that door were free. This is a metaphor for salvation in Christ. Only those covered by the blood are spared from judgment; only by going through that door can a person be set free. This is a change in the Baptist's ministry. Up to this point, he had been telling people that the Messiah was coming. Now, he tells people that Messiah is here!