Part of my job as the church secretary is to make the church service bulletins. The worship team leaders send me a list of the order of songs for that week's worship time. This past week, the praise song before the Communion meditation was "Lamb of God" (number 176 in our hymnal, written by Twila Paris in 1985). I am currently the Sunday School teacher for the teens. I had my students read several Scriptures out loud, all revolving around God's plan of salvation before the world even began. This lesson was written by someone else, from a website focused on Sunday School lessons. In our Sunday evening Bible Study group, the history of Abraham was brought up. We talked about when God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Abraham takes his promised son to a place where God told him to go, to offer Isaac as a burnt offering. Isaac questions his father about where the animal to be sacrificed is. Abraham says in Genesis 22, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” I think God has been trying to tell me what to write today!
Jesus is called "Lamb of God" throughout the Bible. In the Old Testament, you will see how important an unblemished lamb is to God's chosen people. While they are still enslaved in the land of Egypt, God tells them to spread the blood of a lamb on their doorposts. This blood will protect their households from the death of all firstborns in Egypt. This is commemorated every year as the Passover.
God sent His only Son, perfect and innocent, to die for all of us. He took on our sins, without any sin of His own. His blood was shed, the sacrifice that was made once and for all.
John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Genesis 22:7-8 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
Revelation 13:8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,