The Lamb of God, John 1:29-34
10th Mar 2019
This picture shows the recent efforts of two 13 year old girls to raise funds for their local old people’s home and what a great job they did making all the sheep pegs, raising money for a worthy cause and not forgetting the beautiful hand written sign.
We often picture lambs in the spring time as a new life, small and vulnerable until they are soon strong enough to gambol around a field and grow up to provide milk, meat and even wool for our day to day needs.
In John 1 v 29-34, John the Baptist is proclaiming Jesus as ‘the Lamb of God’. There are many references in the Old Testament of lambs being sacrificed as atonement for the sins of the people. After this goes on and on with the people of the time growing further and further away from God, in his love for us, He sends His one and only Son Jesus. Jesus, who comes to earth as new life, small and vulnerable and grew up to ultimately pay the penalty for our sin through his painful and humiliating death on the Cross. Now we have the joy of having a Saviour and friend not just for day to day life but for eternal life.
As we take a moment at this time of year to reflect on Jesus as the sacrificial “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (v29), the one who 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), it’s good to be reminded of the cost to our heavenly Father and feel afresh the joy of our salvation. It’s a blessing to know that if we’ve accepted Jesus as our Saviour we have a friend, who will stick closer than a brother (Proverbs 18: 24) not just for this life but for eternal life. . . and it doesn’t even cost £1.50!