Saturday, April 23, 2011

40 Days of Lint, Day Forty: In Search of The Lamb

Today is the last day of our 40 day trek to Easter. I hope these readings have inspired, challenged, and helped you focus on Christ in preparation for tomorrow’s big celebration. Despite all my tongue in cheek chatter about bunnies in this section, today I want to focus on Someone infinitely more important. I want to talk about The Lamb.

Several years ago, I wanted to decorate our house for Easter with a more grown-up look. My girls were both in high school and past the age of window stick-ons and cutesy stuffed animals. I chose lambs as my theme and went to store after store looking for the Lamb of Easter, to no avail. Not even the Christian bookstore had pictures or figurines of lambs to symbolize the One who gave His life for us. I found bunnies, chicks, and candy everywhere, but the Lamb of God was nowhere in sight.

Christmas is a celebration of God coming to the earth in the flesh to tell and show us His love in ways we could understand. The enemy has turned it into a frenzy of overspending, overeating, greed, and Santa Claus. Easter is the culmination of Jesus’ mission when He gave His life to pay for our sins, ending the need for ever having to sacrifice another lamb. His resurrection on Easter morning proved He was God and death had no power of it. It’s no surprise then that Satan would want to make sure we get distracted with other things.

For most people, it’s a celebration of spring, new clothes, Easter egg hunts, and the Easter Bunny. A few years ago The Passion of the Christ powerfully portrayed what Christ suffered for us. In 2011 the big movie in the theaters was Hop – the story of the Easter Bunny’s son who runs away to Hollywood to become a drummer. Somewhere in between the gruesome violence of the R rated movie of Jesus’ death and making Easter into a light and meaningless romp, we need to hold onto the true meaning of Easter. 

 John the Baptist had it right: 

“John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” and later, “When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’”(John 1:29 and 36). That’s our job too, to point Him out – who He is and what He did, with love, gratitude, and excitement. 

There are eight other passages in the Bible that tell us more about Jesus the Lamb of God.
·         Genesis 22:8 – Abraham’s prophecy
·         Revelation 5:6-8 – Jesus on the throne
·         Revelation 7:10-17 – Jesus wipes our tears
·         Revelation 14:4-10 –the second coming
·         Revelation 15:3 – the character of the Lamb
·         Revelation 19:9 – the Groom at the wedding supper
·         Revelation  21:22-23 – replacing the sun and the moon
·         Revelation  22:1-5 – our place in heaven with Him 
Lint Removed: The Bunny
Cleaning Process: Replace With The Lamb of God

Happy Easter ~ He is Risen!

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