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Jesus The Sacrificial Lamb

Jesus The Sacrificial Lamb

Christ is the sacrificial Lamb. The prophets and the Old Testament proclaimed it; they foretold and foreshadowed it. We needed this propitiation. We, humanity, needed someone to stand as a substitute for us to have a way back to God. As you may know, we were destined to a devil’s hell without one plea. But God intervened through Christ who shed his blood for us on Calvary. He became the Propitiation of God, our redemption.

To understand this a little better, we have to start way back in the Garden of Eden where God created Adam and Eve. That story is located in the book of Genesis.  As you read in Genesis chapter 1, God gave them (Adam and Eve) authority to rule on the face of the earth. But they sinned by touching and eating from the fruit of the Tree in the midst of the garden. God had forbidden them to eat of this tree. And in doing this, they unknowingly gave their authority to our enemy, the devil. He would become a god like ruler of this world for a designated  season on a short lease, because he knows his time is almost up.

In Genesis 3, the serpent which was more crafty than all the other animals said to Eve, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden?'

Then Eve replied, 'God said, you must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden nor should you touch it or you will die.'" So the woman took and she did eat and also gave to her husband. So in their sinning and disobeying the Lord, they were driven from the Garden.

According to the writer of Genesis 3:20,  Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become a mother of all living things. The Lord made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, "The man has now become like one of us knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat and live forever."

So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the grounds from which he had been taken. After He drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden Cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

So Adam and Eve were driven from the tree of life. After this happened with humanity's first representatives, we were destined to live forever apart from Gods salvation, utterly cut off without a way to the tree of life. So what could we do? We could do nothing for ourselves; we were naked and we knew it. So God covered us. He provided the Propitiation.

Notice in Genesis 3:21, "The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and Eve and clothed them." Now, stay with me, I'm still talking about “The Sacrificial Lamb,” the one that would redeem mankind. This is very beautiful to see. If you look closely at the scripture above that I just mentioned.

Notice it said, "God covered Adam and Eve with skin..." The question becomes where did he get the skin? This is where the word Propitiation comes in. Some little lamb had to become a sacrifice to cover them in their nakedness. So God used the lamb as a sacrifice. This would become a type of the act of Christ sent to redeem mankind.

our christ, our savior, our redeemer, our sacrificial lamb.

When you speak about the word propitiation you also have to include the word sacrifice, because under the old law it took the blood of a lamb, goat or a oxen to cover the sin of God's people for the next year in the act of a sacrifice on a altar.

In Leviticus 1:1-4  The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting. He said speak to the Israelites and say to them, "When any of you brings an offering to the Lord, bring as your offering an animal from either herd or the flock. If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he is to offer a male without defect. He must present it at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting so that it will be acceptable to the Lord. He is to lay his hand on his head of the burnt offering and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.

The writer of Leviticus 1:10 goes on to say,  "If the offering is a burnt offering from the flock, from either the sheep or the goats, he is to offer a male without defect...17 It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the lord.

The lambs, goats, bulls, oxen and doves were some of the offerings that were sacrificed by the priest as an offering for the people to have their sins covered for the next year. The priest would take it and slaughter it at the north side of the altar before the Lord and the blood would be sprinkled against the altar on all sides.

This was the act of propitiation under the Old Testament that the men of God had to perform for them to have a way to God. But don’t forget this was all temporal; this was all a substitution, a foreshadowing, of what was to come.

Jesus said to the people in His day and now to us, "I did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it." Jesus, the Christ is the New Covenant. He died once and for all and became the sacrificial Lamb that took away all our sins. This New Covenant did more than just  cover our sins for only a year but it cleansed our sin, eradicated forever.

So now when our Heavenly Father looks at us, he sees us through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. He sees us redeemed, washed by the Blood of the Lamb and in right standing with Him.

the story of propitiation: the appeasement of god's wrath

From Adam and Eve, a few thousand years later came the birth of Christ, the cross of Calvary and the sacrificial Lamb.

Jesus born of a virgin, in Bethlehem came into this world. He came as a God-man; He was God and man, he lived a sinless life.

I know you remember the story John the Baptist saying, "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world!"

The writer of Luke 3:21 described the scene like this, "When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized. As he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: 'You are My Son, whom I love, with you I am well pleased.'"

After this he went into the desert to be tempted of the Devil. He fasted forty days and the angels came and ministered to him. After he came out of the desert, he went to a wedding. His mother was there and they  ran out of wine. His mother said to him, "Son there is no wine." Jesus said, "Mother why do you involve me? My time has not come.”

His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." And Jesus told them fill all the containers with water and then serve it. The water was turned to wine. Later they said to the host, "I see that you saved the best wine for last..."

the demonstration of jesus' ministry

The writer of John 2:1-11 tells a miracle of Jesus ministry, "There was a blind man called Bartimaeus that Jesus said, "Now go and wash and he came back seeing."

Another time, the writer of John 6: 16-21 described Jesus who told the disciples to go across the sea in a boat to Capernaum, the other side. It became dark and a strong wind was blowing and Jesus had not come; then Jesus came walking on the water. They were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid!” Then they were willing to take him in the boat. Immediately the boat reached the shore...

Let's visit the time when Mary and Martha cried and said to Jesus, "If you had come earlier our brother Lazarus would still be alive. But Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life." And He said to Lazarus, "Come Forth!" And he did.

As Jesus and the disciples prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, he said unto them, pray less you are tempted. Then he went a stone's throw away and knelt to pray. When he returned and saw them asleep he said to them, "Could you not tarry with me for an hour? Arise and pray!"

When the soldiers came, Peter rose up and cut the ear off one of them. Jesus picking up the ear put it back on the soldier and said to Peter, "Those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Then they said to him, "Are you the Christ?" He said “I am He!" And they fell to the ground.

After they took Jesus captive they took him before Pilate and the Sanhedrin and said to him, "Are you the Christ, the king of the Jews?" And he said to them, "Are you saying this or did someone tell you." So they took him before the people and said to them, "Here is your king of the Jews!" And they said, "No give us Barabbas, then they cried “Crucify him!” 

And the Roman soldier placed him between the two thieves. The people hurled insults and said, "If you are the Christ, take yourself down off the cross!" And others said, "If you are the Christ, you saved others, save yourself. And one of the two thieves who were crucified with him hurled insults also on him.

It was now about the sixth hour and darkness came over the face of the land until the ninth hour; for the sun stopped shinning. The curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit! It is finished." When He said this, He breathed his last. Luke 23:44-46

Then he became 'our' Sacrificial Lamb, the propitiation for our sins. He, Jesus the Christ, became the substitute, the one who stood in our place and was crucified for our sins. He died on the cross was buried and after three days rose again.

He was without sin so death could not hold him; he defeated Death, Hell and the Grave freeing us from it’s whole. 

After He ascended to the Father as one who paid the ultimate price, He appeared to the disciples and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthews 28:18-20.

Thanking God for our “Sacrificial Lamb”

Rev. Varn E Brown, Sr.


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