Church News | Sunday, 19 January 2020 |
Jesus was baptised in the River Jordon by John, and it was he who could so easily proclaim Jesus’ identity after seeing the dove of peace alight on the newly baptised Christ… ‘See, the Lamb of God’ John would declare to onlookers. How he announced it we cannot tell – did he cry out like the evangelists, did he say it pragmatically like one who knows for sure, or did he whisper it in a secretive manner? No one knows! However, from what was known of ancient predictions in the Old Testament, the stage would be set for the coming of a perfect sacrifice for the atonement of the sins of God’s people. The sacrifice of lambs played an important role in the Jewish religion, lamb’s wool is usually white, noted as purity and the shedding of the lamb’s blood represented the payment for sin. So, God in his wisdom provided Jesus the Messiah the Holy One, the innocent, perfect lamb who would pay the ultimate sacrifice for sins of God’s people.