Truth of love: The lamb

Friday, March 16, 2018

Yeshua/Jesus, the word made flesh, came to Earth to be the atoning sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb, for us. Scripture from the original covenant (old testament) to the new covenant attests to Yeshua/Jesus being our promised Messiah, the Lamb of God.

Why were the shepherds the first to be invited to view Yeshua as a babe when born in Bethlehem? The shepherds, out in the fields of Bethlehem (the house of bread), tended the flocks for the temple in Jerusalem. They watched over the lambs that would be sacrificed.

John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who comes to take away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29) Why did he proclaim Yeshua to be the lamb of God instead of king? We know from Matthew 11:14 that John came in the spirit of Elijah the prophet. We also know that both of John’s parents were descendants of the priesthood of Aaron, therefore John spoke as a priest. The priest identifies the lambs without blemish for sacrifice. Yeshua was without sin. John, as priest, symbolically does the prophetic act of Yeshua’s death and resurrection when he baptizes him.

Reading of the triumphant entry of Yeshua/Jesus into Jerusalem, we realize the people did not understand that he was the lamb being delivered to the holy city to sacrifice his life for their sins. The people, not comprehending, thought Yeshua/Jesus would be an earthly king. He would have been riding a horse like a conquering victor if he had intended to take an earthly throne in Jerusalem. Instead, he rode a colt from a donkey, as a humble servant, and it was at this time that the lambs were being brought to the temple to be examined for the future Passover sacrifice.

The Haggadah (telling) of the Passover is more than the historical commemoration of the Hebrews leaving Egypt. It is the prophetic signs and details of the coming of Messiah. God made himself known to the people and the telling has been related throughout generations for the most significant celebration of God providing deliverance. God delivered those enslaved out of Egypt. He is the God who sacrificed his only begotten son to deliver us from the enslavement of sin and eternal death.

Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus the Christ, the great Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, is revealed in the Passover. It is Yeshua who delivers us out of the Egypt of worldliness providing us with eternal life because through him we can go to the father.

Yeshua, at the last Passover, with the disciples, took the half piece of unleavened bread (matzoh), the afikomen, wrapped in linen (Luke 22:19) along with one of the four cups drunk during Passover, the cup of redemption, (Luke 22:20) and used those elements to identify himself. These elements, that Yeshua used at Passover to identify himself, are most important in our Messianic Passover meal, as well as knowing that Yeshua/Jesus is a Jew and celebrated Passover throughout his earthly life.

Over three thousand years ago God instructed to have the Passover for all generations. It is something the first believers in Messiah did. The celebration of new life is Passover and communion (Luke 22:19) is a form of Passover.

The blood of the lambs on the doorposts of the homes saved the obedient from the spirit of death that was to go throughout Egypt. God was bringing judgement on all who lived in Egypt, Hebrews and Egyptians. Egypt is symbolic of the world.

We need to believe and accept the truth that Yeshua/Jesus is the lamb of God who died for our sins and those of all mankind. He is the Messiah. Then we are to share this truth with others, Jew and gentile, and worship in unity. A good way to do that is to have a Messianic Passover meal (March 30-April 7) in your home, or fellowship or community of believers.

Let us not forget that although Yeshua came as the Lamb of God the first time, when he returns, riding on a horse, it will be as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.