Tuesday, August 25, 2009

John 1:29 - Behold, the Lamb of God

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world
John 1:29

Old crazy John, eating locusts….
The first time that he sees our Blessed Lord as an adult, he goes up to him and he doesn’t say ‘hey, there’s my cousin Jesus, or hey King of Kings, or hey Lion of Judah, no instead he goes up to him and he says ‘Behold the Lamb of God’.

Now that is a powerful Jewish phrase. “The Lamb of God”.

Why, because back in the story of Moses and the Passover story. After the 9 plagues went by and the tenth plague was the death of the first born and in order for the Angel of Death to passover them, the Jews had to do three things.
The first thing they had to do was kill the Lamb.
The second thing they had to do was spread the blood and the third thing they had to do was eat the lamb.
If they did all three of those things then the Angel of Death would pass them over.

Now throughout the Old Testament a lamb has been used to cover the sin of a family so if Mr & Mrs Jones had sins they would take a lamb, take it up to the priest and the priest would sacrifice the lamb for the sins of that family. Now to cover the sins of the whole world we needed a Lamb of God. You see, a lamb of man would cover the sins of just a family but the Lamb of God covered the sins of everyone. And again, the lamb had to be slain, the blood had to be spread and then finally we eat the Lamb.
And it culminates in our celebration of the holy Eucharist at Mass.

This is just one tiny tidbit from the Old Testament of so many things that are foreshadowed in the Old Testament and then fulfilled in the New.

The above commentary is taken from a CD I was listening to of a Jew who came to the conclusion that Jesus IS the Messiah but to better know his roots (his Jewish faith) he studied with a Rabbi at a synagogue to get the whole ‘yentl’ experience prior to joining his first Christian Church – the Pentecostal Church on his journey of faith.

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