The Sacrificial Lamb, the Lamb of God, the Passover Lamb, and the Triumphant Lamb - these are all names of our Lord and representations of how he loves us as well. We get the specific opportunity to reflect and let them resonate with us through us during Lent.
As we approach this last week of Lent, let us not go running into it like we are running quickly away from something. Rather, let us approach this last week with open arms and hearts. In this last week, I invite you to reflect on the Lamb. I invite you to reflect on His sacrifice for us. I invite you to reflect on the Passover Lamb and then I invite you to reflect on the triumphant lamb. The Lord is all encompassing.
The Lamb of God is forgiving. So if you have gotten to this point in Lent and struggled, that is okay. The Lord is merciful and understanding. He doesn’t want you to fail, but know that struggling will only make us stronger.
The Paschal lamb isn’t necessarily about forgiveness but sacrifice. The paschal lamb is offered for us. The paschal lamb is spotless and unblemished. The Paschal Lamb is spotless and unblemished to be offered for us.
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”
Ultimately, what does this mean? It means that we too are sheep. Obviously, we aren’t spotless and unblemished. Obviously we aren’t perfect. Yet, we are called to follow in the footsteps of the spotless, unblemished lamb. We are called to be like the spotless and unblemished lamb because we are made in the image and likeness of the unblemished and spotless lamb. This means that he will carry us when we are weak. It means that He will hold us close to His heart no matter what, so that we can learn and so that we can follow in his steps to the cross. The ultimate sacrifice.