The Gospels – The Gospel According to John
Behold the Lamb of God…
John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
This statement is not meant to be taken as proof that Jesus’ sole Mission was to die and as a result take the world’s sins on His shoulder as has been attempted from the beginning of Christianity. This is not the case. Jesus was the Word Incarnate. If the sins of the world were to be taken away, it was through adherence to this Word. We do not need to change John’s sentence but only the prevailing interpretations.
Yes the sin of the world will be taken away as soon as they adhered to the Word that Jesus represented. Not sooner. If we adhere to this Word then as has been explained, the retroactive effects of our good actions will counteract our evil ones and we will then be free. Mark us here that some interpretations of this verse use the expression “bears the sin of the world.” This could be taken to mean something entirely different.
The expression “bears the sin of the world” has a special spiritual meaning, the understanding of which will only come later to the human spirits. Suffice to refer below in the meantime:
If it is said that He bears the sin of the world, then indeed it could be taken to mean that He actually bears the marks of the sins of the world on Him. The sins of our guilt. Through our guilt, He was murdered and symbolically He bears the wounds and the marks of this terrible crime. The sin of murder is what He bears on Himself. No matter how we would like to interpret this it does not absolve us from any responsibility. We in any case would have to account for this dreadful crime wrought upon the Word of God.