Posted on Tue, Apr 3, 2007
Do you have your Easter Baskets purchased? Are they filled with choclate covered bunnies and eggs? Have you cosidered that the true symbol of Easter is not a rabbit, a basket or an egg? What is tht true symbol of Easter, click BeHold the Lamb at the top of this section to discover the true symbol.
Be-Hold the Lamb
Over the course of many years, the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs have become the symbols of Easter. We certainly want to encourage children to remember this special event. Who doesn't like a chocolate covered egg or a creme filled candy bunny? Easter egg hunts are great activities for kids and grownups. It is even more important though, that we teach our children why the lamb is the true symbol of Easter.
The Bible often refers to Jesus Christ as a lamb. Why is that significant? Lambs won’t hurt anyone or anything. They are gentle, very curious, and usually quite docile. They care for their own and are always seen in a group with other lambs. Jesus came from heaven to earth to show you what God is like. He loves you, wants to have fellowship with you, and wants you to be a part of something bigger than yourself--namely his body the church.
At the time the Bible was written, raising sheep was one of the primary ways in which people made a living. The Bible speaks of the size of a person’s flock as a sign of their wealth. Yet the Jewish people were required to sacrifice these helpless creatures to pay for their sins against God. Not only that, they were to sacrifice a perfect lamb, one without any blemish or anything wrong with it. Only a perfect lamb could pay the debt brought about by the sins of people. God is a Holy God, meaning he is perfect, set apart from the imperfection of people. The Jewish people sacrificed lambs to appease God. The Passover was an annual event in which a perfect lamb was selected or purchased so it could be sacrificed, one lamb for the sins of each family.
Jesus Christ came to earth – fully God and fully human – to pay for the sins of the people who would believe that He was the only way.
In the fullness of time, God sent His own spotless Lamb, and a man named John the Baptist made a wondrous proclamation, he said "Behold! the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29)
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. He died so that you may have life and have it to the full. Jesus Christ lived a perfect human life, suffering through life just like you and I have to, only he did it without sinning against God. Jesus is the “perfect lamb” who died on the cross so you and I would no longer need to sacrifice a living lamb to pay the penalty of our sins. Not only that, Jesus’ sacrifice was once and for all. His sacrifice was complete.
Today the Lamb of God desires to be the sacrifice for your sins. If you desire to have your sins forgiven so you can have a relationship with God, you need to believe that Jesus Christ did come to earth to be the perfect sacrifice for your sins.
Many people are living their lives without a relationship with God. Their lives at least on the outside, seem complete. Yet inwardly there is a longing for something more. You were created with a living spirit, one that longs to be complete through worship, prayer and community. You can find true inner fulfillment today, when you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart, that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away your sin.
Join us each Sunday as we celebrate that our sins are forgiven, and we discover how to live life to the full.
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