Signs and Works in John’s Gospel – John 1:29-34
Liability – John the Baptizer came to reach his generation. Like all who preceded they were suffering from the liability of sin.
Atonement — The Old Testament covenant provided only a way to roll back sin until it could be removed permanently.
Mediator – What was needed was not just another animal sacrifice. What was needed was a mediator to go between God and humanity. Example: I received a call from a student and an email from an instructor. What both needed was a grade mediator, and they were asking that I be the mediator.
Blameless – No ordinary mediator would suffice. A blameless mediator was needed. Jesus’ blamelessness was confirmed at the time of his baptism by John
Exemplary Story: Inside my kitchen cabinet is taped a paper clipping with a list of natural stain removers provided by Greenpeace. To remove rust stains use milk or lemon juice; to remove coffee stains use egg yolk and lukewarm water; to remove fruit stains use salt and milk; and to remove blood use cold water. In this list there is not effective stain remover for sin. You need the lamb of God for that.