Why is Jesus Called the Lamb of God?

Jesus has many titles; King of Kings and Lord of Lords as well as many others. Why is he called the Lamb of God and what is its significance?

When John the Baptist was baptizing, he saw Jesus and said,

"Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world."

This is an amazing statement! How is being the Lamb of God and taking away the sins of the world related?

In the Old Testament, God spoke to the Jewish people about the forgiveness of sins. Sin separates us from God and deserves punishment. In the Old Testament, a spotless lamb was given as a sacrifice for sin.

What John the Baptist was saying, inspired by God, was that Jesus Christ was the true Lamb of God who was slain for the sins of the whole world! Jesus gave His life for us, even though He was perfect. He died in our place and paid the penalty for our sins. He is innocent and pure, yet He gave His life so that we could be forgiven.

Thank you Jesus! You are the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.