THE MASS: 3 – Why do we call Jesus the Lamb of God?

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John the Baptist had identified Jesus by the curious label, “The Lamb of God.” St Paul tells us that “Our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.” St. Peter tells us, Jesus was “a spotless unblemished Lamb.”  At Mass we say “Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.” Why? To understand this we have to go back to the Old Testament book of Exodus and look at the feast of the ‘Passover’…

On the first Passover night, shortly before Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, all Israelite families were ordered to sacrifice an unblemished lamb and paint the lamb’s blood with a hyssop…

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  1. Yes Jesus was a spotless lamb, but he did not die as one. In the Old Testament there wasn’t any sacrifice great enough to deal with the fallen nature of man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up. . Everything that was in Adam Jesus became on Calvary and he gave me his righteousness a free gift in exchange. On the cross He became sin, in other words He became all that was in Adam and my old Adam nature died when Jesus died and until you accept that you will never be free from all the works of the flesh within your life. 90% of people’s problems are in the flesh. (Romans 6 = read) Everything that was on the cross God has already judged to be dead. In Christ we have embraced life, but have you embraced the cross? Because once you embrace the cross then you can live no longer for yourself and if you have ceased from living for yourself then you have ceased from sinning.

    If you can’t believe that you have been identified with Christ as the serpent in the wilderness and that old carnal nature that we inherited from Adam is no longer a part of us then you will not be able to live in resurrection life. A lot of people are still living the wrong side of the cross. Dead to sin (the old nature) alive unto God (the new nature). The blood of the Lamb has dealt with my sins, but the cross has dealt with my old sin nature. That’s why Paul said if you are still struggling then there is a warfare going on inside of you. The flesh is warring against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh. You can’t plant mixed seed one will choke out the other.
    According to Romans 12:1 we are to present our bodies as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God—this is our spiritual act of worship. We cannot come into the presence of the Lord and present to him the old nature. He cannot accept the old sinful nature, so I take it where it belongs to Calvary and I leave it there and come boldly before the throne of Grace and present my body not as an instrument of sin but as an instrument of righteousness as one who is alive from the dead and I say ‘Here I am Lord I am a new creation, let the anointing of your Holy Spirit come upon me and overshadow me and let those living waters that you promised come forth from within and empower me with this new life in Christ . I now thank you Lord for having presented my request unto you I believe I have already received what I have asked of you and I thank you for it in Jesus name, Amen’.

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