jesus lamb of god

And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:19-20

 

Out of all the amazing things about Jesus and His ministry and what He would do THIS is the FOCAL point that He instructs His disciples to pay attention to and to replicate, to do again, to stir up remembrance, to focus on this, to see its significance.

 

All the way through history in the bible we see the pattern demonstrated that points to Jesus, the Lamb of God, that points to salvation through Jesus.

 

In the garden of Eden the first prophecy about the messiah, about the saviour, about salvation is made: And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15

 

And the first sacrifice for sin is made – the first animal death for a human – for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. Genesis 3:21

 

Job, the oldest written book of the bible, cries out for a mediator between God and man.

 

Time and and time again we see in psalms promises of amazing forgiveness : As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103: 12

 

And through into the prophets promises of a messiah, a king, a deliverer, a saviour.

 

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:4-6

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, Isaiah 53:10

 

“But the gospel transforms us so our self-understanding is no longer based on our performance in life. We are so evil and sinful and flawed that Jesus had to die for us. We were so lost that nothing less than the death of the divine Son of God could save us. But we are so loved and valued that he was willing to die for us. The Lord of the universe loved us enough to do that! So the gospel humbles us into dust and at the very same time exalts us to the heavens. We are sinners but completely loved and accepted in Christ at the same time. … He saw your heart to the bottom and loved you to the skies.” Tim Keller

 

This is what we come to remember.

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