Christ, the Lamb of God
by Alfred Griffith
When the awful flood happened in the Midwest last summer, a TV newswoman asked, "Where is all the help we need?" The United States Government did not have an emergency plan large enough for a large flood.
Before the awful flood of sin came to this earth, God already had a plan to save people from sin. God made the plan of salvation in heaven before the earth was created. God the Son (Christ) promised to come to earth as a human being. Christ would live a perfect life in this sinful world. Then Christ would die on the cross to bring hope of salvation to all the people of the earth. Jesus is called the Lamb of God."... the Lamb slain [killed] from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8, NKJV).
After Adam and Eve sinned, God did not forget about His plan of salvation (Genesis 3:15). God took lambs and put them to death to help Adam and Eve understand Christ would die as the Lamb of God. God used the animals' skins to make clothes for Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21).
Later God started the sanctuary (temple) services to teach people a deeper understanding of salvation. God told the people to bring a lamb to the temple for the forgiveness of sin.
A sinner tied the animal's feet together. The person put his body weight on the lamb's head with both hands to confess his sins. Then the person cut the throat of the lamb. The priest caught some of the blood of the lamb in a bowl. After killing the lamb, the person cut the skin off the body. Then the person cut the lamb's body into pieces. He laid the pieces of the body in order on the altar. The body was salted and then burned.
Someone said to me, "What a terrible thing to do." Yes, the power of sin is death and terrible. But we thank God for giving people a plan that gives eternal life.
The animal sacrifice was to impress people's minds that their sins would kill Christ. God tried to lead people to love Christ, the Lamb of God, through the temple service. Christ gave His life to pay for people's sins (1 Timothy 2:6; 1 Peter 3:18; and Matthew 20:28). The temple service teaches people how much God hated sin and how much God loves us.
The priest sprinkled the blood on the altar. The animal's blood was a symbol of Christ' blood. Christ can forgive us because He shed His blood for us (Hebrew 9:22). When sinners confessed their sins they were forgiven and made one with God (atonement = sins separating people from God were washed away) (Colossians 1:21, 22).
The good news is that "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15, NIV). Also, that all people who have faith and accept Christ are given "the right to become children of God" (John 1:12, NIV).
At the Jordan River, John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29, NIV). Today the Holy Spirit invites us to give our hearts to the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.