A few weeks ago, hubby and I were discussing whether or not to raise a batch of chickens for meat. Our five year old yelled, “Don’t eat the chickens!”. “Don’t eat any of our animals!”. I reminded her that our current hens are for laying eggs, but yes, we will be eating some of our animals. “Remember bacon, honey?” I gently asked. “Ok, we can eat the pigs. But not the chickens and not the sheep.”
In the Old Testament, Jewish people atoned for their sins by sacrificing animals. Often, a lamb was required to be sacrificed. I hadn’t thought much about this until a few weeks ago in church we sang a favorite song that goes “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain”. You see, God didn’t ask for people to sacrifice dirty, loud animals that people wouldn’t miss. He asked for animals that wouldn’t be easy to give up. Who wouldn’t mind sacrificing a pig? A cow? A rodent? But a sweet, precious lamb? Just like our daughter doesn’t want to give up the animals she likes. Instead, wouldn’t we rather give up the things we don’t like or need? But God asked for a lamb. A sweet lamb.
Jesus is God’s lamb. John 1:36 tells us “and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”. He was perfect. He was without blemish or sin. Can you imagine the pain or the difficult decision to sacrifice Jesus? God had to watch His only son suffer at the hands of humans (the very ones He had created). He had to hear him cry out to him. He had to watch him die. He is God-the all knowing, all powerful. Why did he not stop the suffering? Why not save his perfect son? 1 Peter 1:18-19 Tells us we are not redeemed with things like gold or silver, “but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ”. He gave up his son to redeem us. For you. For me. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice-the perfect lamb. He paid for our sins: our past sins, our currents sins, and our future sins. You can’t buy your way into heaven. You can’t earn your way into heaven. It is a gift that you must accept. God sacrificed his son in order to save you. To save me.
Revelation 5:12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
I have to tell you that life as a Christ follower is blessed. It isn’t always easy. But it is a life filled with grace. On this Easter, we pray that you already know Jesus. That you walk with Him and talk with Him on a daily basis. If you don’t know Him, we pray you find Him today. That you give your life into His hands. That you ask for forgiveness and accept Him into your heart. He gave his son for you. His perfect lamb. We are all sinners. His gift of redemption is for everyone. Even you. Even me.