Today starts Lent. That season in the Christian calendar when we believers in Jesus Christ take 40 days (not counting Sundays) to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. Each week during Lent, I am going to write on one of the names of Jesus. In doing so, I pray that both you and I will gain a deeper appreciation of who our Savior is and will be evermore thankful on Easter Sunday for what he has done for each of us.
This week: The Lamb of God.
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God,
who takes away the sin of the world!’” (John 1:29)
Lately, I have been studying the life of Abraham. I’ve done this study before but since it was many years ago, I am gleaning new things from this study. One of those new things is the similarity that can be drawn between Isaac’s sacrifice and the sacrifice made by Jesus. I don’t believe I’ve ever paid attention to that fact. I’ve just always looked at Abraham’s faith and obedience. But Isaac was a dutiful son just like Christ was to God the Father. Both were born after a delay from a promise, both of their names have special meanings, both of their mothers were given the promise of their births along with the fathers, and both of their births brought abundant joy.
In Genesis 22, God tells Abraham to take his son, his only son, whom he loves (v. 2) and to sacrifice him at Mt. Moriah. Just as God the Father gave his Son, his only Son, whom he loves (Matt. 3:17) as a sacrifice for us. In v. 4, Abraham, Isaac, and their servants have traveled for three days to get to the place God told Abraham to go to for the sacrifice. Three days, the same amount of time before Christ’s resurrection. Abraham, too, believed his son would defy death. He told his servants that they would return after their time of worship (v. 5). However, Christ did truly rise from the dead. Isaac at some point died.
Isaac in v. 6 is given the wood for the sacrificial fire to carry by his father. Christ had to carry his own cross of wood to his place of sacrifice. Both of them obeying their fathers; not questioning or backing away. Both being obedient sons and willingly offering themselves because of their confidence in their fathers’ requests.
The similarities end at v. 13. For Isaac, a substitute was provided—a ram. For Jesus, no substitute could be provided because He himself was the substitute. He died in our place, for our sins. Christ died for us because of His love for His father and His love for us.
Jesus Christ IS the Lamb of God. There is no salvation without faith in the Lamb’s sacrifice. When you know and believe in the Lamb, you will follow Him wherever, whenever, however.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)
Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (1 Corinthians 5:7)
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:12)
Those are my thoughts for today.
Credit needs to be given to Bible Study Fellowship and Pastor Ken Idleman of Crossroads Christian Church, Evansville, IN for providing inspiration in the writing of this blog.
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