As we approach Easter, our meditations will centre around the two great events associated with it, i.e. the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is often pictured in the Bible as a LAMB, ready for slaughter.
THE PROMISE AND PROVISION OF THE LAMB
‘God will provide for Himself the LAMB’, Genesis chapter 22 verse 8. Abraham spoke these words to his son, Isaac, when he was taking him to sacrifice on Mount Moriah. Isaac asked where the lamb was to be found for the sacrifice. Abraham PROMISED that God would provide the LAMB – and He did, Genesis chapter 22 verses 13 -14! It pointed forward to the giving of His own Son as the sacrifice for our sins.
THE PERFECTIONS OF THE LAMB
‘A LAMB without blemish and without spot’, 1 Peter chapter 1 verse 19. God’s LAMB, as the sacrifice for sin, had to be perfect. The Bible tells us that Jesus was ‘holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners’, Hebrews chapter 7 verse 26.
THE PROCLAMATION OF THE LAMB
‘And looking at Jesus as He walked, he (John the Baptist) said, Behold the LAMB of God!’ John chapter 1 verse 35. John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus and prepared the way for His three years of public teaching. He never sought to be in the spotlight. His one desire was to point people to Jesus!
THE PASSION OF THE LAMB
‘He was led as a LAMB to the slaughter’, Isaiah chapter 53 verse 7. Jesus consistently taught that His purpose for coming into this world was to die on the cross and thereby bear the judgement for our sin.
THE PURCHASE OF THE LAMB
‘Redeemed . . . with the precious blood of Christ, as of a LAMB without blemish and without spot’, 1 Peter chapter 1 verse 18-19.
The amazing thing for us is that Jesus died to bring us back to God! He shed His precious blood to bring us back to God.
‘Redeemed!’ Are you?