The Lamb

white lamb on green grassland during daytime
 
29 The next day John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”  John 1:29-31

A lion, maybe.  That makes more sense, doesn’t it?  “Look, the lion of God that takes away the sin of the world!”  Yeah, that’s it.  A lion.  After all, a lion is strong.  A lion is powerful.  A lion dominates.

But, a lamb?

Sort of a pathetic image, isn’t it?  A lamb?  What can a lamb do?  What animal can a lamb defeat?  What strength does a lamb show?

“Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.”  Isaiah 53:7

Where is strength in a lamb?

The strength is in sacrifice.  In a willingness to be sacrificed.  And that’s what Jesus came to do, to be a lamb for us.  His strength is in His willingness to be sacrificed for us.

In the Passover, the lamb gave up his life and blood so the people can be saved.  Jesus does the same thing.  In his perfect weakness, he delivers the strength of forgiveness, life and salvation that cannot be taken away from us.

Rejoice today and every day that You have a God who willingly humbled Himself to be a lamb led to the slaughter for you.  Never will you be called to pay the price for your sin.  It’s already been paid for.  By the Lamb.  “Look, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!”

Heavenly Father, You sent Your Son in perfect humility and weakness as a lamb of sacrifice.  We praise and thank You for Your gift, and we ask that You always point us to Jesus on the cross as the reminder of our full and complete forgiveness. Make us like John the Baptist, always pointing others to the Lamb.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 


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