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1:19 lamb. The lamb is from the Old Testament sacrificial system, especially the Passover (Ex. 12:3; Is. 53:7; John 1:29).
without blemish or spot. In order to be acceptable, a sacrifice had to be free from all defect (Lev. 22:20–25). Christ’s sinless life qualified Him to die for the sins of others (Heb. 4:15; 7:26, 27).