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Behold The Lamb of God

 

(John 1:29) “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

(Hebrews 9:22) “In fact, under the Law almost everything is cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of the blood there is no forgiveness.”

(1 Peter 3:18) “For the Messiah also suffered for sins once for all, an innocent person for the guilty, so that he could bring you to God. He was put to death in a mortal body but was brought to life by the Spirit,”

 

Why should the innocent pay for the guilty? This is exactly what happened when animal sacrifices were required by God for our sins in the Old Testament. I´ve read that in modern-day Muslim society, a young, innocent lamb is brought into the home and nursed a few days prior to its religious sacrifice. This way there is a love bond initiated, especially with the young children of the home, so that they realize the severity of their sins when that lamb is sacrificed in front of their eyes.

God clearly made sure we went through this ritual in order to feel the guilt and the pain we caused whenever we sinned. An animal had to die in order to appease God’s wrath for having taken his laws lightly. Doing good works might help appease the consequences of sin against men, but they do nothing to cancel the sins against God and the judgment awaiting us. God requires blood because life is in the blood.

Even today, the innocent continue to pay for the sinful desires of the wicked. Where do you think child abuse, human trafficking, prostitution, abortions, drug abuse, wars, and global destruction of plant and animal life come from? From the wicked hearts of men that put their selfish desires before the commandments of God. God intervenes and has mercy by stopping some of those direct natural consequences of greed and lust, but who will appease God’s wrath that rises due to having broken His laws?

All religions have a history of some kind of blood sacrifice to appease their gods out of fear of famine, drought, sickness, or war. Some religions mentioned in the Bible even went as far as sacrificing their children, which is contrary to God’s desires.

Thanks to the death of Jesus on the Cross, we no longer need to do any more religious animal sacrifices. Christ represents that innocent lamb that was sacrificed. Because Christ is God in the flesh, this sacrifice is accepted by God as a final payment for the sins of the world.

 

All we have to do is to accept Jesus in our hearts, receive that forgiveness from God, and rejoice that we now have been made clean and have victory over the power of sin.

 


Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You have made us exceedingly glad with Your presence. You give us drink from the river of Your pleasures. You send from heavens Your mercy and truth and save us.
• We remember today how You sent your Son, Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.
• You made the ultimate sacrifice and watched how our rebellion caused pain to Your Son. We thank You for loving us and wanting to unite us back to You.
• Forgive us, if we have taken that sacrifice for granted and have not changed our ways.
• Help us today to walk worthy of that sacrifice of blood that allows us to continue to live and do things as we please.
• We receive You, Jesus, once again into our hearts as Lord and Savior, by surrendering our lives to You.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name, Amen.

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