DayBreaks for 3/30/18: Our Passover Lamb
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2008:
1 Cor. 5:7b – …For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
There is a saying, “All good things must come to an end.” Actually, that’s a lie. Not all good things must come to an end. Paul tells us that faith, hope and love abide. The Word of God abides forever. God is forever. And for Christians, heaven will be forever. But I would have to suspect that on Good Friday so long ago, Jesus took great comfort in knowing that all bad things must come to an end, and in fact, as far as His earthly suffering was concerned, Good Friday marked the end. Anyone who watches The Passion of the Christ must believe that the crucifixion itself, as horrible as it was, must have been welcomed as the end of the road – Jesus knew it would soon be over.
What happened to Jesus? Was He murdered? Was He killed? Was He executed? Was He (as Texans might say), ‘lynched’? While lots of words might have been chosen, I wonder how many on Good Friday would have said that He had been “sacrificed”? Probably not many, except perhaps the Three-in-One.
In A Violent Grace, by Michael Card, Mike was musing on the events of Good Friday when he posited this insight: “It was one thing for pastors today to speak of Christ being a substitutionary sacrifice and a propitiation for our sins. It was another for a priest in Jesus’ day to lay hold of a soft white lamb and slit its throat…For Jesus, it began the night he was born. The first to come and kneel at His manger were shepherds. He arrived in the season when lambs were being born – that’s why the shepherds were in the field all night. The worshiping shepherds saw a baby boy a sweetly sleeping, but they never expected that the lamb who was born that night as a baby was the Lamb of God. Thirty years later, John the Baptist was standing up to his waist in the Jordan when he saw Jesus approaching. ‘Look!’ he exclaimed, ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ With those words ringing through the air, Jesus began three years of public ministry…I wonder if one of the last sounds to reach Jesus’ ears during the final hours on the cross was the bleating of lambs.”
One thing is for sure: the final sounds Jesus heard on the cross were not comforting. He did not hear the voices of the crowd shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” He did not hear his followers weeping for him, nor did he hear his apostles words of comfort as he hung suspended between heaven and earth, for they’d all (save one) cowardly run away. And so, perhaps, with the Passover being observed in the city just across the valley, perhaps the sound of lambs was indeed the last sounds he heard.
I hope that we will hear the sounds of the Lamb that was sacrificed. And that we won’t just hear it, but we will take it to heart. It was my fault that Jesus was on the cross – and it was yours. The next time He needs us, I hope He will hear us. He is our Passover Lamb and because of Him, the death angel has passed us over and we live in a new life.
May your Resurrection celebration be a special one. Listen for the Lamb!
PRAYER: Great Lamb of God, have mercy on us sinners! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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