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Perfect Sacrificial Lamb

Jesus FaceThe sinless nature of Jesus Christ allowed him to state categorically and to affirm definitively that he had never sinned. Jesus said in John 8.46, "Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?" Jesus was challenging those friends, family and others who knew him personally to point out any sins that they remembered him committing. Of course, they could not think of any. Jesus knew he had not sinned and therefore, he was uniquely qualified by his purity to be the perfect sacrificial lamb of God and to carry human sin.✞

Paul and Peter Confirm

Christ in GloryThe Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5.21, "God made him who had no sin [or "be a sin offering"] to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." Note here that the phrase "him who had no sin" can be translated as "him who was a sin offering" and pictures Jesus as the perfect sacrificial lamb. Jesus' family, friends and colleagues could not remember a single lie that he had told. Saint Peter confirmed this truth in 1 Peter 2.22, "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." The prophet Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 53.9, "He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth." Again Saint John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, confirmed this same truth in 1 John 3.5, "But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin."

Ancient Roman Coin

Ancient Roman CoinJesus' omniscience or "all knowing nature" paralleled his sinless nature when the thorny subject of taxes to the government was raised. Jesus responded with the resulting miracle of Peter catching a fish with a four-drachma coin in its mouth which was sufficient to pay the taxes for both Jesus and Peter. When the disciples came together in Galilee, he later said to them in Matthew 17.22b-23a, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life." Jesus knew in advance what was going to happen to him. His omniscience allowed him insights and knowledge of his sinlessness that others did not have.✞

"Sinless Jesus Christ"
by Ron Meacock

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