Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29 NIV
The Lamb of God
Lamb is a staple for millions of families around the world and is as traditional for Easter, other religious celebrations and special occasions as turkey is at Thanksgiving for many Canadians. But here, it’s almost the forgotten meat. Low demand and the financial return are too low to encourage most federally inspected facilities to process lamb. Meat processed at provincially inspected abattoirs can’t cross provincial lines. Canadian lamb is also very expensive, about double the price of lamb imported from New Zealand or Australia.
On the hillside outside the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, you will still find the shepherd’s field. Two millennia after Jesus was born in this same village, revealed first to the shepherds who worked these fields with their sheep in tow. It’s why in every Nativity crèche you see at this time of the year there will be sheep. Sheep were critical to life in Israel at the time of Jesus – they were needed for food and for religion. They were integral to Temple worship – particularly these Bethlehem sheep. Bred and raised just outside of Jerusalem, they were considered royal lambs, integral in the promise of redemption. In John 1:29 we hear John the Baptist say this as he sees Jesus approaching him at the Jordan – “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” The royal lamb, born in Bethlehem, had arrived. By his death on a Roman cross, Jesus would offer Himself as the once and forever sacrifice, by whose blood the sins of all who put their faith and trust in Him would have their sins lifted. He is your Lamb of God – have you received the forgiveness of sin He offers you?
These have been words from the heart.