In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them
every man a lamb… 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish….
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..