Lamb of God
Have you ever experienced someone standing up for you or taking the blame for you and bearing the consequences? If not, allow me to introduce Jesus because that’s basically what he did for all of humanity.
In John 1, the disciple John opens up telling us the history of Jesus. In verse 29, Jesus is called the Lamb of God. The lamb was considered one of the greatest forms of sacrifice, so it is used as a symbol for Christ. Jesus became that person who covered us and accepted blame for all of our sins. He willingly sacrificed his life for us.
This name always makes me reflect on what it means to willingly sacrifice. For me, it always relates to a form of submission. Releasing something to honor God like Jesus surrendering his life for us. I often consider is sacrificing or surrendering my time, resources, goals, desires, decisions, and ways of living really too much to give a man who gave his life for me?!? I think not!
Honoring the sacrifice God made for me helps me check the heart behind what I do. It protects me from intentionally doing things that bring dishonor to God. It reminds me of how offering up things to God is really nothing compared to what he’s given up for me. I’m also reminded that the act of sacrificing anything for Christ actually does more good for me than it being something negative happening to me.
Today, read a John 1 and allow yourself to gain insight about Jesus and what him being the Lamb of God means for us. Spend time thanking God for Jesus’s sacrifice and then ask God what areas he would have you sacrifice and surrender to him. Understand that with this question he will help you overcome the chalkboard you may face when releasing things to him. Trust that as the lamb of God there is nothing that Jesus isn’t willing to do to help us align with his nature and will for our lives.