Sunday, December 30, 2007

Lamb object lesson

Recently I had two friends in my apartment. We got to talking about faith, and I was trying to communicate that Jesus needed to die in order for the sins of people to be forgiven. It was hard. Why did Jesus need to die?

About a week ago I witnessed a Muslim family sacrifice a lamb. They bought him live, housed him for a few days, then sacrificed him by slitting his throat. The lambs greatest struggle against death came only after the cut had been made at his neck. It was interesting and disturbing that the greater struggle came too late, and the struggle itself helped to quicken the process of dying because of the heightened blood rate, and quicker loss of blood. Within three hours of the sacrifice, we were eating the lamb. That was the other interesting thing I reflected on. We need things to die so we can live.

Now doesn't that provide some interesting light on why Jesus needed to die? Life relies on the death of others. Christians rely on the death of Christ to live. But why then, does his death bring us life? The lamb's futile struggle to live gives insight to that also. This lamb could not overpower natural law. No blood, no life. I'm like that lamb. I struggle a lot to make my life work fine, present a good face, not do bad things. It's a losing battle. Loose ends come back to bite me, pride taints the best of my motives, and I won't be able to fix all this before my heart fails and my blood stops. There was one that overpowered the natural order. Christ did die, he was lead like that lamb, and slaughtered in a much more gruesome way, but death did not have the final word in this case. Christ broke death's power and came back to life. That resurrected life is the hope of the Christian. The Lamb that death cannot contain. The best miracle that ever took place.

Death is swallowed up in victory
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?

2 Cor 15


At 3:22 PM, Blogger Kirsten said...

poor little lamb
good object lesson though

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Justin Alm said...

I'm not good with animals in pain but this is an amazing lesson. Thanks for posting it.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Kristen said...

I agree with justin.
I told Paul M. at WC about Sid's video and how disturbing it was but realizing sacrifice is needed for a greater glory.
True, we do need things to die so we can live but why the needless suffering? enter Jesus and Yes it makes sense, it's the only thing that does... so then why is it so hard for some to believe in His death if they do in fact believe in His life?
During Day of O we went to Thorncliffe Park which was really cool to see a whole Muslim community living in Toronto yet very distressing how fearful they are and how closed the are to 'outsiders'. There is great hope though as 4000 Jesus DVDs were distributed to these residents. I'm excited for the follow up.
and yes I do realize I need to stop asking why questions, but that's how i reflect...haha
thank God for Christ's resurrection and consequently, our new life.

At 2:51 PM, Blogger amac said...

I'm not good with animals in pain either. I thought I might faint when I saw it. I didn't, and instead was pretty caught up in thoughts that ended up in this post.

It raises some interesting questions. How might children who experience animal sacrifice think differently than children who don't?
Why does Islam still maintain an animal sacrifice but not recognize it's relationship to sin and atonement?

At 1:14 AM, Blogger Kristen said... your thinking like a psychologist Andrew

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Thanks for the post, I really appreciate it.


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