If you have been near or around a Christian, chances are you have heard this phrase. It’s not just a popular Christian phrase, it’s also the name of a well-known Christian song. But even though I grew up in the church, I was very confused by this phrase when I was little. I had heard of lambs before and knew what they were, but I didn’t know how it connected with God, till one day I learned the Bible story to go with it and discovered that the Lamb of God is Jesus Christ.
In early Bible times it was traditional to sacrifice a Lamb to offer a temporary covering of your sins to God. This was done because when sin entered the world, there was a price that those on earth had to pay. That price was death. To cover this price, people would sacrifice a lamb to God.
The amazing thing about this is how, for years and years, God told us His plan for the future through this, without actually telling us. Say what? Yeah. This is exactly what God did and what unfolds in the New Testament. God offered a sacrifice for us so that we wouldn’t have to die, but instead we could live forever in heaven with Him.
But here’s the thing: God didn’t use a Lamb. He used His son.
When Jesus Christ came to earth it was to save us from our sin. There was a price to be paid for the sin that was being done and it was through death. However, God loves us so much that He said no way is that happening. He created a way for us to live, just like they did in the Old Testament, through His son.
John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not parish but have eternal life.” (ESV)
It’s the classic Sunday School verse that every child learns in church. God sent His one and only son to be the sacrifice for us, so that when we die we can go to heaven with Him. This is an incredible gift from God to us. One that is free through salvation! What is salvation you ask? It’s admitting to God that you are a sinner in need of His saving, asking Him to come into your life, and committing to following Him. But we are covering that later in the month, so I won’t get too deep into that now.
After discovering the meaning of “Lamb of God” as a young child, I was in awe of it. Just typing it out gives me goosebumps. Knowing that God loves me so much that He gave His only son to die for me? That’s just incredible. God gave His son to be the sacrifice for my sins. I don’t have to offer a lamb to God for my sins because it’s already been done. Jesus was and is the Lamb of God who gave everything for me and you.