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MAY 22 – A SILENT LAMB!
“And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth” (Isaiah 53:7).
Isaiah, who foresaw the Crucifixion, found Jesus Christ to be a silent sheep. Jesus Christ for our sake remained as a silent sheep with total dedication to take away the sin of the world.
There is a big church in England. A portrait of a lamb found a place on the front wall of that church. The reason was that an incident took place in the 18th century when the construction of the church was in progress. A youngster involved in the erection of the tower accidentally fell from that height losing balance as wild wind blew there. The people around thought that the youth would have died instantly.
But what happened was he fell down on a lamb standing there. The lamb prevented him from dying and in the process, sacrificed its life. The youngster got up and thanked the lamb for saving him.
Look up to Jesus Christ. He is also a lamb. A lamb who has borne our grief and carried our sorrows. A lamb who was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. A lamb who has accepted the chastisement for our peace upon Him. Peter, the apostle, writes, “You were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Peter 1:19).
The Israelites carried a lamb to the temple as a sin offering, during the days of the Old Testament. They will place their hands on it, and it indicated that they are placing all the sins and iniquities committed by them in the past years on it.
But, that lamb will be standing silently. Then it will be placed on the altar and sacrificed. The priest will dip a sponge in the blood of the lamb and sprinkle it on the person pronouncing the remission of sins.
Today, Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, has sacrificed Himself for you. All your sins and iniquities have fallen on Him. Dear children of God, will you thank Him with gratitude?
To meditate: “John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).