Behold, the Lamb of God

A Five-Week Lenten Bible Study on Jesus' Atonement for our Sins
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Agnus Dei, Francisco de Zurburan
Agnus Dei - Francisco de Zurburán
(1598-1664), Canvas 38 x 62 cm.
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This five-week study will begin on Saturday, and will be delivered each Saturday for the next five weeks via e-mail, with questions sent Sunday through Thursday to keep you thinking about the week's lesson (though you can select the "weekly lessons only" option if you like). You'll also have opportunities to interact using our Joyful Heart Bible Study Forum with other participants, to read and respond to their comments on these passages of scripture.

Introduction to the Study
Participant Guide Handout Sheets (for class or small group)
Agnus Dei, Lamb of God artwork and paintings
John the Baptist artwork and paintings

Week 1

Behold, The Lamb of God (John 1:29). A basic introduction to the Hebrew concept of sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin. Application: learning God's loving way of forgiving our sins.
Sidebar: Theories of the Atonement
Essay: "Classic Protestant Liberalism and the Atonement: A Plea for Reconsideration"
Audio (20:17)

Week 2

The Lamb Who Takes Our Place (Isaiah 53). We ponder the Suffering Servant who bears our sin in himself as well as the punishment due to us for sin. Here we examine the concept of substitutionary atonement. Application: learning the costly mercy of giving our lives on behalf of others.
Sidebar: NT Allusions to Isaiah 53
Audio (21:30)

Week 3

The Lamb Who Redeems Us from Slavery (1 Peter 1:18-19). We examine the concepts of ransom and redemption to set free those who are enslaved. Application: learning what Christian freedom is all about and how we can experience it today.
Audio (21:31)

Week 4

The Passover Lamb of Whom We Partake (1 Corinthians 5:7). We'll examine the Passover, the Passover lamb, and the Last Supper, in order to appreciate what we do when we partake of communion. Application: learning to seek and appreciate God's protection and care for us.
Audio (19:59)

Week 5

The Triumphant Lamb We Worship (Revelation 5:1-14). In the Book of Revelation we explore concepts of worshipping and loving the Lamb, who is now clearly the risen and reigning Christ. Application: learning to love and worship Jesus day by day.
Audio (25:30)


A great 5-week Bible study for the Lent or Easter season, Lamb of God, is available as a paperback, e-book, and/or DVD for small group teaching and discussion.
There is no charge for this study, though participants are invited to make a free-will contribution to help support future studies.

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