March 5 | John 1:29
“The next day he saw Jesus coming to him, and he said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away of the world’s sin.” (John 1:29)
Did you ever see those pictures with shepherds holding a lamb in their arms? It gives you the idea that these are sweet, innocent little creatures. No one thinks of hurting baby animals. We may project our fillings for human babies on them, but somehow we think they are cute.
It’s quite a surprise when we read things like Lamb of God in the Bible. John the Baptist was speaking of Jesus but had no idea how prophetic his words were. There is a rich background to his proclamation.
Every Passover, from the very first Passover as God released the tenth plague in Egypt to free Israel, a lamb was killed to symbolize protection from the Destroyer. God told the Israelites to smear the blood of the lamb on their door posts, and the Destroyer would pass over their house and not kill their firstborn.
He hung on the cross, his blood smearing the wood of the two wooden posts. The Lamb of God, the sacrificial Passover lamb, dying on Passover day, keeps the destroyer of spiritual death away. He has done it again, delivering those who trust in his sacrifice, from sin and death.
Action Step: Take time to ponder Jesus’ death to bring freedom from sin and death to you. He is the sinless lamb of God who took your sin upon himself. Thank him for his sacrifice once again.
Jesus, my Passover Lamb, thank you that you gave your life, paid such a high price, for my salvation. I live because you died. And I will live for you. I won’t waste my opportunity to glorify you in everything I do.