Life with the Lamb
Life with the Lamb of God is filled with joy. It also beats the alternative. The other way to approach our faith in God is with self-sufficiency, counting on our own service and holiness to please God. Obviously, we please God when we work in His kingdom and obey His commands, but neither of these have the power to save us. We are saved by the Lamb.
The choice between justifying ourselves or accepting the justification brought about by Jesus’ sacrifice, better known as “works verses grace”, is not normally discussed within the context of Jesus’ role as Lamb. Yet, there is no more appropriate place. The Lamb of God is the perfect symbol of grace as He was God come to save those who were incapable of saving themselves.
The Lamb reminds us our daily sacrifice is a response of love, not a payment. Jesus showed us the heart of God as He was willing to be rejected by the world for our sakes. Unfortunately, the world had a hard time accepting for free what it could not achieve on its own.
In a way, accepting the Lamb of God is an admission of our own personal weakness. It is hard for us to know we were saved through the humble act of another. If Jesus had come in the form of the Old Testament pillar of fire and smoke, we could have bowed before Him in fear. Had He leaped in our path as the Lion of Judah and shook the earth below us with a roar, we could have trembled in submission. But He came as a Lamb and was despised. Yet, we are lost without Him, and must therefore lose ourselves to be found. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18-19)/