The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.
Doth not St. John call Christ "a Lion"? (Revelation 5:5). Why then doth the Baptist call Him a Lamb? The lion and the lamb, the prophet Isaiah tells us, shall both "dwell together in the days of Christ": but may they both be together in the Person of Christ? not only in one place together, but also in one case together? Different respects may tie discordant titles unto one subject. His courage against Satan, whom He conquered, His patience among men, whom He suffered, declared there was met in one Messias the stoutness of a lion, and the meekness of a lamb. St. Bernard's distinction so determines it; He rose like a lion, but he suffered like a lamb.
(R. Clerke, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.