Where is the lamb?
In an earlier post (‘From heaven to earth’
), I wrote of how there are often echoes of the Old Testament in the New Testament, as if the questions asked in the Old Testament are answered by and in the person of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. The 2nd ‘echo-and-answer’ pair that I discovered can be found in the question asked by Isaac to his father Abraham. In the book of Genesis, just as Abraham was about to bring his knife down (Gen 22:7-8), Isaac unbeknownest of the fate in store for him, asked a reasonable question, “Look, the fire and the wood but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham answered, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering”.
And just as a ram was provided in place of Isaac, so God sent His son as a substitute for us. When Jesus walked towards the Jordan River to be baptized by John the Baptist, John exclaimed to the crowd around him, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
Isaac’s question in the book of Genesis found its answer in the book of John: God has indeed provided a lamb, Jesus Christ, to take our place. How wonderful a truth!