What are you serving for Easter dinner? Lamb or ham or organic rice casserole? You can use any of these to teach your children or grandchildren biblical principles.
It is my habit to pause in the days leading up to Palm Sunday and Easter to think about the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. Would you do that with me? We will come back to “Galatians” after Easter.
Why would John, the one who was preaching and baptizing people in the Jordan River, call Jesus “the Lamb of God?”
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!…And John bore witness, saying ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God (John 1:29-32).
John the Baptist did not live long after this. His head was cut off because of his public stand against adultry and sexual impurity. His whole ministry was about making yourself pure. He taught that you must turn from your sin, be washed clean, and look forward to the coming of the promised Messiah who would set it all right. He knew all about the promise made in the Old Testament about a Savior. John the Baptist serves as our bridge between the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The New was built on the Old.
The lamb was the center of the sacrificial system of the Old Testament. The lamb was killed, his blood shed, and the body burned as a payment for sins. So when John the Baptist called Jesus “the Lamb of God,” he was saying that Jesus was the promised Savior whose life would pay for sins just as the lamb’s did. His body and blood would make things right again.
What are you serving this Easter? Ham or Lamb? Organic vegetables and rice?
I hope you will remember this passage and what it says about who Jesus is. You could serve lamb and teach your children again that Jesus is like the lamb who was killed because of sins. He the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth…the only one who kept all the moral law of God perfectly enough to satisfy the justice that is inherent in the Father.
If it is ham, tell the children how Jesus came to save people from all the nations (John 3:16) He was not the Messiah for the Jews alone. All kinds of people may repent and turn from their sins and lay them on Jesus, the lamb of God.
What could the organic rice casserole teach the children? How to make healthly food choices….and be thankful for all God’s blessings…..
Doesn’t Easter make your heart sing when you know the gospel?