BEHOLD, the Lamb of God
who takes away the sind of the word
Easter is only weeks away and again the Cross and all that it represents will be under the spotlight. It is during this period in March or April that Easter is celebrated. As believers, we set this weekend aside to remember our Saviour’s atoning sacrifice on the Cross and His triumph over death. Sometimes the Jewish Passover Festival coincides with Easter. In the book of Exodus 12:22-23 we are told that God instructed the Hebrew slaves of Egypt to kill a lamb and place its blood on the doorpost of their homes, so that when the Angel of Death came upon the land, he would pass over their homes and no harm would come upon their families. If you read Leviticus 17:11 you will find why God demands a blood sacrifice for sin.
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’
When an animal was sacrificed, its blood (life) was surrendered for the sin of the guilty. When Jesus died as the Lamb of God, He shed His blood (life) for our redemption. By nature we are sinners and the Lord Jesus took our sin upon Himself and as the Son of God, without sin, He who was pure and holy poured out His blood (life) for our iniquity and transgression.
At Passover, God sent Moses on an errand to His people to tell them to sacrifice a lamb in every family. The lamb represented the first born son in the family, just as the first born son represented his family. Side by side with the lamb, the firstborn son stood representing the sin and guilt of the family. The accumulated guilt of the family was on the firstborn’s head, standing guilty before God, under the curse of death. The sacrificial act had to be performed. Moments later, the innocent lamb lay prostrate in its blood on the ground, a poor, innocent victim. As it lay there bleeding and dying, the firstborn son knew that his life had been spared because of the shed blood of the innocent lamb. The lamb had given its life so that the death angel would Passover the family. That is precisely what Easter is about.
John proclaimed, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29). This Easter we remember the magnificent deed of humility and love performed by our Lord for us, and we celebrate the victory of His resurrection as He triumphed over death on our behalf.