Right about now, odds are you’re starting to notice the spending spree that was December and the Christmas season. The bills are coming in. That fun and carefree season of buying from Amazon last month is showing up on our bank statements or Amex bills, isn’t it?
Well . . . in all this, a principle is becoming painfully obvious: where there is cost, there eventually comes a payment. Hold that thought.
On Sunday, we heard the biblical account of when Jesus was introduced and announced as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
Of all the animal-themed introductions, why was Jesus equated to a lamb? If it were me, I think I’d prefer something a little more royal . . . a white stallion, a roaring lion, a majestic eagle, maybe? But no. Jesus got the title of a lamb?
The simple answer has to do with the sacrificial system the Jewish people were living under in Jesus’ time. You see . . . every morning and evening, priests sacrificed a lamb in the temple to make a payment for the sins of the people. This ritual paid the price of the daily screw-ups of the people. It was a way to “get right” with God again and pay all the “sin bills,” if you will.
So, back to Jesus’ introduction . . . John was the one announcing this. The long-awaited and promised solution to the world’s imperfection problem was finally here! He was about to teach and do amazing things . . . but his greatest feat would be to sacrifice his own life so the people could “get right” with God once and for all. In other words, John was saying, “Jesus will be the final and ultimate lamb of sacrifice.”
Still, before that would happen, Jesus would hang with the people and feel the full weight of the world’s troubles and temptations. We’ll pick up the story there this Sunday.
If you’ve got an extra seven minutes, click the button that says “NINETY EXTRA” to watch a cool video that talks a bit more about this whole cost and payment, sin and sacrifice thing . . . and how Jesus played into it all.
Content courtesy of The Bible Project.