March 31, 2010 § 2 Comments
It just so happens that sheep graze on a farm we drive by when we take our daughter Erin to school. They are peaceful beasts. Actually ‘beast’ is almost too barbaric a term for such docile animals – ‘cute,’ ‘wooly,’ ‘precious’ and ‘sweet’ seem more appropriate. And yet it is this very animal that was slaughtered annually by God’s people – a substitute of sorts, for those who offered them in payment for their own sins.
At the heart of our Faith is Sacrifice – all those slaughtered lambs in Old Testament times were precursors to the one true final Sacrifice Jesus would make when He would offer Himself on the Cross. John the Baptist recognized the import of the symbolism when he recognized Jesus at the Jordan River – “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” – John 1:29
The lambs near our home are sweet as can be – the ‘stuff’ children’s rhymes are made of. But the most Precious Lamb was the Lamb of God – Jesus.
I want to reflect on Him as Easter approaches – I’m not much on Sacrifice. If anything I’m all about convenience – mine! But what I can’t deny is what I most need: Before He rose, Jesus died – for me – the Perfect for the undeserving – Isaiah (53:7) sings it most beautifully: “…he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”
Reflecting on this is overwhelming and lovely at the same time. It is the Faith at its core – Jesus, the Lamb, our Sacrifice.
Friends, this truly is Good News.