We're all familiar with that nursery rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb, right? While not a traditional Christmas carol, this short song points to a greater spiritual reality of who Christ is to us! On Christmas, the Great I Am was born a lamb. You've heard Jesus referred to as "The Lamb of God," so let's unpack the significance of that title by exploring 3 aspects of Mary's little Lamb- the lamb of Prophecy, the lamb of History, and the lamb of Victory.
Exodus 12 is where we find the story of God's people, Israel, enslaved to the king of Egypt, Pharaoh. But God had a rescue plan for his people. Exodus 12:3-13 lays out God's instructions to his people which include sacrificing a pure, spotless lamb and painting its blood above their doorpost. This act would protect their firstborn child from death.
There are several parallels between what we see God instructing his people to do here with what Jesus would do in the future! The lamb having to be spotless and sacrificial is a direct depiction of Jesus being our sinless and sacrificial lamb, paying the penalty for our sins with His own death. Just as God's judgment passed over the homes who had lamb's blood on their doorposts back in Egypt, today it also passes over all who are covered by the blood of Jesus!
THE LAMB OF HISTORY
Why was Mary’s Little Lamb born in Bethlehem of all places? Why was Jesus’ birth announced to poor shepherds? There's a significant connection here! The shepherds weren’t just raising ordinary lambs. Rather, those fields in Bethlehem are where the shepherds raised Levitical Lambs- spotless lambs without a blemish. Those lambs would eventually be sacrificed in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem during Passover.
So, how did the Lamb of God take away the sin of the world? 33 years after His birth, Jesus Christ went up to Jerusalem for the Passover! Like those lambs led to the slaughter, Jesus was crucified and died for our sins. This was God's rescue plan of the New Testament!
THE LAMB OF VICTORY
We see one more picture of our Lamb in the last book of the Bible, Revelation. In Revelation, the Apostle John is given a glimpse into the future, what we as Christians will experience in Heaven! Revelation 5:6 says "Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne…" This is Jesus showing the wounds of his death and crucifixion. At the heart of the Universe there is a Lamb seated on a throne in victory!
Are you washed in the blood of Mary’s Little Lamb? Have you had your sins - your guilt, your shame - cleansed by the sacrifice of Jesus? Have you received God’s free gift of salvation? The Bible promises: "The blood of Christ saved you. This blood is of great worth and no amount of money can buy it. Christ was given as a lamb without sin and without spot." - 1 Peter 1:19 (NLT)
And He will save you for all eternity if you’ll humbly offer Jesus your whole life, your love, and your loyalty this Christmas.
For more encouragement, support, and tools to equip you, we encourage you to check out these additional resources:
🔶 MESSAGE: To learn more about the traditions behind Advent, watch part 1 of our Advent series, "Waiting with Hope" from Pastor Tim Lucas. Click Here
🔶 ARTICLE: If you have not yet decided to receive the gift of salvation, we'd love to walk you through it! In this article, we'll explain why this decision is so important and guide you through a simple prayer. Click Here
🔶 MESSAGE: For more content explaining Jesus as our sacrifice, check out this message from Pastor Kayra called "Jesus Is Our Sacrifice" from the message series "The Gift". Click Here