How many times have I heard and read the story about Jesus’ arrest, unfair staged trial, and sentencing to death? So many. I know the prophet John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29) I know the sacrifice of animals by priests for many years were offered to atone for the people’s sins and had to be made over and over again and that the sacrifice Jesus made by giving His own life is a once for all deal. (Hebrews 7:27)
I know the deep, beautiful parallel of the Passover lamb and Jesus: how hundreds of years before, the blood of a lamb spread on door posts of the Israelites’ homes kept the angel of death away and how Jesus’ blood, willingly spilt, covers our sins, marks our hearts as His own, and defeats death. (Of course we must believe and accept this incredible gift)
I should have noticed before, but as I was listening to the story of Jesus’ trial and sentencing, I realized the significance of Him dying during Passover.
I wonder if the disciples put that together in the years following Jesus’ death and resurrection. Did they realize the profound world-changing, life-giving truth they heard Jesus say during that last meal with Him:”This is my body broken for you” and”This is my blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matt. 26:26-28) They shared the Passover with the Lamb of God. Were they astounded that our Creator Himself gave the perfect and final offering for the forgiveness of our sins? For all people, for all time.
This is no made-from-clay creature from this dusty planet being offered as atonement. This is Jesus, God in flesh, everlasting, unchanging, holy and pure. This is the “It Is Finished!” This is the incomparable, complete, more than enough sacrifice of Love in place of punishment, life crushing death. This is the Lamb of God.
I am not redeemed by corruptible things
Not by silver, not by gold, not by aimless tradition
But by the blood of God’s Sacred Son: Jesus!
Oh, You alone are my only hope and my inheritance is incorruptible.
– Nathan & Christy Nockels