"Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29)
My dear Children, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The lamb as a symbol for Christ has its roots in the Old Testament.
God led the Israelites out of Egypt and slavery into the promised land. On the night God's people were to depart, the firstborn in all the Egyptian families died. The firstborn of the Israelites was saved because God had instructed them to kill a lamb and mark their door posts with its blood. The angel of death then knew to pass over those houses. The Israelites ate the lamb in a meal before they left. The lamb was to have no blemish, and none of its bones were to be broken. To this day the Jews remember this night with the Feast of Passover. On this day they share a special meal called a Seder meal. The shank of a lamb is one item on the Seder plate.
Jesus is called the lamb of God because he is the perfect sacrifice offered to God. After Jesus' crucifixion, soldiers did not break his legs to kill him because he was already dead. Like the Passover lamb, his bones were unbroken. Jesus' death on the cross was a passover from death to life for all of us. By his blood we are saved from death. Jesus made it possible for us to break out of the slavery of sin and death. He gave us the hope of reaching our promised land, Heaven.
God’s blessings upon you!
Fr. Thomas Kadukapillil