The Living Lamb

This has never happened before.

The lamb was always chosen four days before his sacrifice. He stayed with the family, becoming one of them, until he was killed. He was sacrificed so that the angel of death would see his blood and pass over, not harming the family. He was roasted and eaten. That was the end of it. No lamb ever came back from that. It was dead.

And it happened that way again. Jesus came to Jerusalem on the day the lambs were chosen. God had chosen the Lamb to sacrifice for the people. And that Lamb was sacrificed! His blood covered his people, every human, so that death no longer need touch them. On the day that the Jews ate the sacrificed lamb, Jesus offered his own body and blood in a new and very different Meal. And Jesus, the Lamb of God, died.

But Jesus was different. The lambs that had been sacrificed for centuries were a picture for the people. Their blood never took away sin. The lambs stayed dead. A new sacrifice was necessary every year.

Jesus’ suffering was not a picture. It was the real, the final sacrifice. Jesus’ blood took away sin. All sin, from every person, the righteous for the unrighteous.

And then, on the third day… the Lamb rose victorious. The Lamb was… and IS… alive!

Jesus is that Lamb who is still alive and at the center of the Throne. Because he lives, we live. Because he is victorious, we are victorious.

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

And he didn’t need your help to do it. You have no part in winning this freedom. You simply get to enjoy it. He is the one who wipes the tears from your eyes. God has freed you without your help. Why should that upset you? Rejoice in the freedom that you have been given that you could never earn yourself.

God has always freed his people without their help. Why should the Life he offers be any different?

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