Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Behold the Lamb

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Scripture is filled with descriptive titles for Jesus. You’ve read many of them, I’m sure: Lord, Messiah, Son of Man, Teacher, and many more. One that I’m particularly fond of is LAMB. If you don’t have a Jewish background, perhaps you are limited in your understanding of this title. Israelites in that day understood it perfectly — lambs were for sacrifice.

Sacrifice. That is how God has always dealt with sin and transgression. Through the blood of a sacrificial animal. 

Adam and Eve sinned and an animal was slain to cover their nakedness [Genesis 3:21].

On the original Passover, the blood of a animal covered the doorway, making a family safe [Exodus 12:1-7].

On the Day of Atonement, the blood of an animal was sprinkled on the Mercy Seat (the lid covering the Ark of the Covenant) to atone for the sins of the entire nation of Israel for a year [Leviticus 16:15].

And ultimately, we see Jesus, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

In every instance, an innocent animal died in the place of the guilty. That’s exactly what Christ did for mankind. “The Just for the unjust,” as Peter said [1 Peter 3;18], to bring us to God. His perfect life was the perfect sacrifice. As He hung on the cross, the Lord laid on Him “the iniquity of us all” [Isaiah 53:6]. The Lamb of God was sacrificed and the wrath of God against sin was satisfied. 

Honestly, I don’t think we can fully understand all that the Lamb of God endured to bring us salvation. However, we know enough that we owe Him our very lives. He gave His life for you, so give your life for Him!

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

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