In Germany many years ago a man was working high up on the steeple of a church. Suddenly he lost his footing and fell headlong to the ground beneath. Grazing on the grass in the churchyard was a lamb. The body of the man fell on the lamb, and thus, his fall was broken. The lamb perished, but the man was saved. As a token of his gratitude he carved in one of the stones over the doorway of the church the figure of a lamb. Every true church of Christ has that lamb, as it were, carved in the stones of its wall. "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29.)
C. H. Spurgeon was to preach in the Crystal Palace, London, so he went, with a friend, to try the acoustics of the building the evening before the day for which the meeting was scheduled. He arranged that he should speak from the rostrum, and his friend should stand in one or two places near the rear of the building and listen—those were the days before loud-speakers had been invented. Mounting the rostrum, the great preacher shouted the words, 'Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.' This was repeated several times so that its audibility could be tested in various parts of the Palace. Then they left, satisfied that Spurgeon's voice could be heard all over the vast building.
But they had not noticed that a workman was engaged in completing some repairs to the roof. He heard the text and went home later under deep conviction of sin. As a result of the plain quotation of the Word of God, the workman was saved.
(John 1. 29; 1 Pet. 1. 18, 19)