Guest Post – The Lamb of God

While my wife Cheryl recovers from cancer surgery and I stay with her at UW Medical Center, two of our good friends share what God has put on their hearts.


In the first 5 books of the Bible, Moses describes the requirement of sacrificing a lamb “without defect” to remove sin. (Lev. 22; Num. 29) “Without defect” meant not blind, no broken bones, no skin defects, not lame, no blemishes, no cuts or bruises anywhere. (Lev. 22:21-24) The sacrifice was recurring and frequent. So, a lamb without defect was highly valued and protected. A newborn lamb was examined and if without defect, aggressively guarded.

A baby lamb can injure itself in the first hours of life by energetically reacting to changes in light, temperature, and moisture. Therefore, a lamb without defect would be wrapped in binding (swaddling) cloths and placed in a V-shaped feeding trough (manger) until accustomed to the new environment, so it wouldn’t jump and bump around. Every shepherd and farmer knew that is how you care for, guard, and protect a highly valued sacrificial lamb.

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, an angel appeared to some shepherds and said “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12) The shepherds puzzled over what it meant. This is how we care for a sacrificial lamb, wrapped, protected. They went to see a baby and came away praising God. (Luke 2:20)

When John the Baptist saw Jesus he said “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Revelation 3:20 quotes Jesus saying “Behold! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone invites me in…………… I will come in…….” All we have to do is open the door and invite him in.

When Jesus, the sacrificial lamb, went to the cross, his death paid for all sin for all people forever, and that, THAT, is the original, perfect, Christmas gift and…

The reason for a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thank you, Scott, for helping us better appreciate God’s Christmas gift!

10 responses to “Guest Post – The Lamb of God

  1. Thank you Scott! I also went away praising God. I had no idea that the sacrificial lamb was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. What a great picture of our Savior. I was also encouraged by “His death paid for all sin for all people forever.” Thank You Lord for Your great sacrifice. Thank you Scott for taking the time to share this with all of us.

  2. Thx Scott for a great post. I love it when a great story is explained with this depth of background. A gift from God that. Hanged everything.

  3. Wow what a nice Christmas gift is right!! Great story Scott!! Merry Christmas to all of my Gathering friends and family this Holiday season!!
    Love you all!!

  4. That was awesome!! Thanks Scott. The Gift that keeps on giving! Have a very Merry Christmas.

  5. Where did you get that painting of Jesus on the cross with a lamb?

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