Names and titles have a lot of meaning. I am a sister, friend, wife, daughter, child of God, and more. God has many titles and names that reveal his character. With Easter approaching I want to share a little bit about why Jesus is called the Lamb of God and what it means to me.
Before Jesus died on the cross, Old Testament people had to sacrifice a lamb, the most perfect one they could find, to have their sins forgiven. When Moses led his people out of Egypt, then had to put lamb’s blood on the door posts and the angel of death would “passover” them. The shedding of blood cleared people of their sins. When God sent Jesus into the world as his Son, he had to be blameless like the spotless lamb, so he could be sacrificed for our sins. I thank God everyday for sending His Beloved Son to die like a lamb for my sins. I do not have to perform animal sacrifices because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice.
What does that mean to me?
- My Surrender. I surrender myself to God and his loving kindness. I surrender my will to His, though there are many times I take it back foolishly.
- My Sacrifice. I may not need to sacrifice an animal, but I do need to sacrifice some worldly things that get in the way with my relationship with God. I sacrifice my time in prayer and Bible reading. I offer up my talents to God through teaching, writing, and creative arts. I sacrifice my treasure in giving to those less fortunate.
- My Sanctity. Though I will never be as perfect as Jesus. I try to live my life in a way that honors his ultimate sacrifice. Sanctification, or in its verbal form, sanctify, literally means “to set apart” for special use or purpose, that is, to make holy or sacred. I submit my mind to God that he would purify my thoughts and actions. I want to honor God in my life.
What does it mean to you that Jesus is the Lamb of God?