L – Lamb —> Israel started as a nation of shepherds. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David all spent time in the fields caring for their flock. These were a people who knew sheep. Beyond that, these animals played a significant role in symbolizing God’s relationship to man.
Abraham saw God’s provision of a lamb to sacrifice when he had none. Jewish families experienced God’s protection through sheep’s blood placed on their door post while captive in Egypt. The nation of Israel received forgiveness and atonement by sacrificing lambs on the altar. There is nothing mystical about sheep. The lamb was a physical instrument God used to allow men to see a clear picture of Himself and His plan. By obedience and faith, sacrifices were made. Each believing, each waiting for the promised One who would take away the sins of the world.
Jesus, Lamb of God, came to sacrifice His sinless, human body so that we might have peace with God. When John saw Jesus, his response was perfect. “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.”
When we look into the cradle, who do we see? Do we see Peace waiting to envelope us? Do we see the Holy, Sinless One ready to cleanse us from all unrighteousness? Do we see a spotless lamb being prepped for sacrifice? This Christmas, I want to truly behold the Lamb of God and follow Him in faith and obedience. I want to join in the chorus of worship singing, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.”
Gen. 22:8, Exodus 12:7-14, John 1:29, I Sam. 15:22, Ps.51:16-17, Micah 6:6-8, Rev. 5:11-13