I've always taken for granted some of the "Christianese" we speak having grown up in Christian home, until someone asked me "What does 'The Lamb of God' mean?". I was asked the question by someone that isn't a believer, I had to take a big step back. He was asking because I had responded to one of his questions about Jesus, and my response included that Jesus is Lamb. In my rush to respond, it never occurred to me that he wouldn't know what that meant. It was then that I realized my answer was unrelatable to those that needed to understand it the most: the lost.
To be able to explain something we have to understand it. This simple question made me take a step back and truly meditate on what it means. The explanation of the Passover lamb and Jesus being the fulfillment of that prophetic event is the simple answer. However, the meaning of Jesus being The Lamb goes much deeper.
This very special phrase shows up in John's gospel, chapter 1. John the Baptizer says this in verse 29: "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!". It can be so easy to take this simple phrase for granted. So I invite you over the next few minutes to pause and meditate on this amazing and beautiful statement:
The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world
The one who set right what we corrupted
The one who bore it all
The one who loved perfectly, lived perfectly, obeyed perfectly
The fulfillment of the most precious promise of God
The Way the Truth and the Life
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace
The one born to a virgin, in a barn in Bethlehem
This Christmas season as we are busy with parties, giving and receiving gifts, attending church services, enjoying with with friends and family, I invite you to remember what it's really all about. It's about Him, the Lamb. The one that came took away our sins.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Thank you Lord for being faithful and for fulfilling your most precious promise to mankind- sending your Lamb to take away our sins. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, lead us and guide us so we don't take for granted what Jesus our precious Savior, the Lamb, did for us. May your light shine through us in this holiday season. Thank you for who you are and all you have done for us. We love you. We are yours.
Merry Christmas my brothers and sisters,