Not only was a lamb sacrificed for Passover, the following occasions also required the death of a lamb.
I’m sure there are more reasons to sacrifice a lamb in the Scripture. If you add it up, there were lots and lots of lambs killed to fulfill the law. But none of them could do more than fulfill the requirement of the moment. As soon as one lamb was killed, one atonement made, sin began anew and the next lamb was in line for the slaughter. Lots and lots of lambs. Millions of lambs to atone for a variety of situations or purify or cleanse or express gratitude.
My point is that Jesus answers all of them. As he approached the Jordan River, John the Baptist saw him and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” The Lamb of God answers all our needs.
He redeems our firstborn and all that we value when we submit it to him. He centers our prayers and focuses our days. He was our sacrifice for all our sins—past, present and future. He cleanses us for sins we never noticed or recognized as contrary to the will of God. He cleanses our very standing in heaven to make us right with God the Father. He is the reason we give offerings and rejoice. His presence in our lives gives honor and joy to those who love him.
Because as the Lamb of God, he accomplishes so much, in the end of times, he will again be identified as the Lamb. “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12)
A Sixty-Day Countdown to Christmas
Introduction to The Messiah Simeon Waited For
Day 6, Prophecies for the Gentiles
Day 9, Welcoming God's Firstborn
Day 19, Making Mary and Joseph Marvel
Day 21, Hinting at the Rest of the Story
Day 23, Making Simeon into Simeon
Day 24, Prophet to the Prophets
Day 25, A Priest Like Melchizedek
Day 26, Destined for Sacrifice
Day 27, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 1
Day 28, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 2
Day 29, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, Part 3
Day 30, Jesus as the Lamb (con.)
Day 31, Simeon as a Man of Gratitude
Day 32, Sacrificing Lambs in the Old Testament
Day 35, Jesus the Stumbling Block
Day 37, The Precious Cornerstone
Day 39, The Cornerstone and the Gate
Day 42, Restoring the Booth of David
Day 45, Crown Him with Many Crowns
Day 46, Identifying the Son of God
Day 47, The Best Storyteller Ever
Day 48, In Bethlehem, the City of David
Day 51, The Mountain Tree (Part 1)
Day 52, The Mountain Tree (Part 2)