Year 4-Day 70: Today, I am grateful for little lambs...and the Perfect Lamb.
During this season of lent...the 40 days before Easter...our minds turn to spring things. Baby lambs are on on the list. There is nothing like new life on the farm. We didn't have sheep, but we have friends who do. Lambs are energy and curiosity...and so soft. They seem so innocent, until they land themselves in trouble. They need a shepherd.
It is interesting to watch children interact with new animal life. Something smaller and more inexperienced. Listening to conversations, words of wisdom and loving care exchanged between a baby animal and a child is enough to melt my heart every time. Caring for new life is a big responsibility. Animal care is a great way to grow nurturing skills and responsibility.
Lambs are spoken of often as Easter approaches.
The perfect lamb was used in Jewish sacrifice for the atonement of sins.
Jesus came to be the perfect lamb...to be propitiation...which means the debt is paid in full. He cancelled it out!
Romans 3:24-26 "
“God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” When Abraham put his faith in God...when Isaac's life was on the line...Abraham obeyed. Abraham's trust still amazes me. How could a loving God ask for his precious Isaac as a sacrifice? Still...Abraham prayed, communed with God in spirit and in action. Abraham was tested and his faith was found sound.
Abraham encouraged Isaac who reminding his old Dad he had forgotten the sacrifice...the whole reason we came. Genesis 22:9-14:
What did God do? He provided the lamb. What did Abraham do before God's intervention? He worshiped. I am not sure if my heart would have been open to worship at that point. I would have been praying for a different way. Abraham's way was better. He trusted, and turned that trust into worship. God moved. He provided the lamb.
Then, he did it again when Jesus came to be the lamb that would pay for the sins of the world. It was a choice made in love by the Creator for the created. Justice served. Crazy love. Trust matters. The price was paid in full...but it must be believed and accepted.
Romans 10:9 keeps it simple: "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
It's that simple? Yes.
Some only confess his name when cursing...and He is clear on this matter. (Exodus 20:7-“You shall not take the of the your God , for the will not hold him guiltless who takes his . ) How we call upon His name is evidence for or against us.
What we believe in our hearts is reflected in our actions. Belief requires not just a change of heart...but path change. Who do we serve? What do we chase?
As I delight in watching little children chase precious little lambs...I am challenged personally. Am I chasing the Perfect Lamb.
Today, I am grateful for little lambs...and the Perfect Lamb.