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22nd December 2022

The Christmas Lamb


Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”

And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “

Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”


Genesis 22:7



In our devotion today, our focus is on Isaac’s question, “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”


Though God graciously provided a ram in place of Isaac, it was not “the Lamb.” Later, hundreds of lambs were sacrificed on the night of the Passover to deliver God’s people from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 12). Later still, thousands more were sacrificed in the temple in obedience to God’s commands for offerings. Yet Isaac’s question remained: “Where is the lamb?


Years later still, Isaiah prophesied that the people’s true salvation would come through a lamb who would pour out His life and bear the sin of many (Isaiah 53). But God’s people continued to wait.


Then, more than 700 years after Isaiah, while John the Baptist was baptizing people in the Jordan River, he pointed to Jesus and cried “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).


Christmas Day is coming. Let us joyfully celebrate the birth of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, the true Lamb, who died and rose again to take away our sins and give us new life forever! Praise God for Christmas.

Read

Genesis 22:1-14.

Prayer

Great Jehovah God, we eagerly look for that day when Christ will return and we will sing with the angels, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive honour and glory and praise!” In Christ name. Amen.



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