A Word From The Pastor: Dr. Timothy Nelson

 


 

In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb… 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish…. —Exodus 12:3-5

Sacrificing an animal - a lamb in exchange for our wrong doings, our sins seems to be a very unusual way to deal with the matter of sin. Yet from the earliest of Jewish culture, the sacrifice of lambs played a significant part in everyday life, including Passover (Exodus 12) and daily temple sacrifice (Exodus 29:38-41).

The ancient prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah predicted and called Jesus the Lamb of God: I was like a lamb brought to the slaughter. Jeremiah 11:19a. Isaiah wrote: He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers. Isaiah 53:7

It is hard to imagine the God of the Universe placed His Son, the perfect lamb, on an altar (the cross) to die. God’s Son became the ultimate sacrifice for our wrongs. Jesus was the perfect One who took the place of imperfect humankind. And this perfect sacrifice entered the realm of humanity via birth as the sinless babe born to the virgin Mary.

What does this mean for us this Christmas time? For those hurting and suffering in sin. We, the poor in spirit. The needy and the lost. Where does our future lay? The apostle Peter wrote: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things… 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. 1 Peter 1:18–21.

Because of Jesus, we have the promise of hope this Christmas. Because of this perfect lamb, we have a future in God. May we, the poor, hurting and broken, come to Him this Advent. May we come to the One who was hurt and broken for us- no matter our sins..
 

Adapted from: https://kristinsaatzer.com/devotions-advent-lamb-god/


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