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Lamb of God

29 July, 2018

Today we’re going to talk about animals. There’s one animal in particular that features a lot in the Bible and we’ll start with a quiz to find out which animal it is.

  1. Monkey
  2. Aardvark
  3. Turkey
  4. Sheep

The answer is a sheep. Sheep feature at various places in the Bible, from the time of the Exodus to the time of the start of the Kingdom of Israel to New Testament times.

Very early in the Bible story, sheep featured at the start of the exodus – when the Jews left captivity in Egypt – at an event called The Passover. Bradley will explain what happened at the first Passover.

Kids’ Message – Bradley

Mini sermon 1

Sheep continued to play an important role not only in Jewish religious life, but in God’s great plan of redemption for all mankind. In this mini-sermon, I’d like to show you – almost entirely from using selections of scripture – how this redemption was brought about by the blood of lambs.

We’ve already seen how lambs – specifically the blood of lambs – played a crucial role in bringing life to God’s people at a time of divine judgement upon the Egyptian people. It was the blood of the lamb that saved God’s people.

On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
Exodus 12:12-13

今夜わたしがエジプトを通り過ぎ、エジプトの家々の長男と家畜の初子とを殺し、エジプトの神々にさばきを下すからだ。わたしは主である。 13 戸口の門柱とかもいに塗った血は、わたしに従うというしるしだ。エジプトの地を打つ時も、血が塗ってある家は過ぎ越そう。その家の子は安全である。
出エジプト記 12:12-13

In the OT, the blood of lambs was also used as a temporary atonement for sin:

When you are guilty, you must confess the sin, and as the penalty for your sin you must bring to the Lord a female sheep or goat as an offering. The priest shall offer the sacrifice for your sin.
Leviticus 5:5-6

以上のどの場合も、罪を告白し、 6 償いとして、雌の羊かやぎを罪の赦しのためのいけにえとしてささげなさい。祭司はその人の罪の償いをしなさい。
レビ記 5:5-6

The book of Leviticus goes on to explain why.

The life of every living thing is in the blood, and that is why the Lord has commanded that all blood be poured out on the altar to take away the people’s sins. Blood, which is life, takes away sins.
Leviticus 17:11

レビ記 :17:11

The writer of Hebrews also explains how the blood of lambs to cleanse from sin was a temporary provision until a better and more permanent provision was made. That better and more permanent provision was Jesus, the Lamb of God. (Hebrews 10:1-10)
ヘブライ人の執筆者は、罪から清めるために実際の子羊の血を使用するのは一時的な方法であると説明しています。私たちのために備えられた、より良い、より永久的な罪の清めは、神の子羊であるイエスの事でした。 (ヘブライ10:1-10)

That’s why in the New Testament, when John the Baptist saw Jesus for the first time publicly, he greeted Him with the words,
それが新約聖書において、バプテスマのヨハネが初めて公の場でイエスを見たとき、ヨハネは次のような言葉でイエスに挨拶しました。その時のことは次のように書かれています。 その翌日、ヨハネはイエスが来られるのを見て、言いました。

“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
John 1:29

ヨハネの福音書 1:29

Paul, Peter and John each explain how Jesus was the full and perfect passover lamb who takes away our sin once and for all.

Paul says:

For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
1 Corinthians 5:7b

コリント人への手紙Ⅰ 5:7b

Peter explains:

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
1 Peter 1:18-19

ペテロの手紙Ⅰ 1:18-19

John adds:

He [Jesus] is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:2

ヨハネの手紙Ⅰ 2:2

So Paul then explains Jesus’ instructions on how we are to remember and celebrate Jesus’ great sacrifice of love for us:

I have handed down to you what came to me by direct revelation from the Lord himself. The same night in which he was handed over, he took bread and gave thanks. Then he distributed it to the disciples and said, “Take it and eat your fill. It is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” He did the same with the cup of wine after supper and said, “This cup seals the new covenant with my blood. Drink it—and whenever you drink this, do it to remember me.”
1 Corinthians 11:23-25

なぜなら、以前あなたがたに伝えたとおり、聖餐式について、主ご自身がこう言われたからです。すなわち、ユダが主イエスを裏切った日の夜、主イエスはパンを取り、 24 神に感謝の祈りをささげてから、ちぎって弟子たちに与え、こう言われました。「取って食べなさい。これは、あなたがたのために裂かれる、わたしの体です。わたしを思い出すために、このようにして食べなさい。」 25 夕食の後、同じように杯を取って言われました。「この杯は、神とあなたがたとの間の新しい契約です。この契約は、わたしの血によって立てられ、効力を発します。これを飲むたびに、わたしを思い出すため、このようにしなさい。」
コリント人への手紙Ⅰ 11:23-25

Paul also explains that receiving communion is not just an act of remembrance – although it is certainly that – but receiving communion is also an act of participation. Just as baptism marks our initial acceptance of Christ and our participation in the body of Christ, so receiving communion marks our ongoing acceptance of Christ and our ongoing participation in the body of Christ:

Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?
1 Corinthians 10:16

コリント人への手紙Ⅰ 10:16

What is love? Forget what the world tells you. What is real love? Jesus said that real love is sacrificial. He said:

For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends.
John 15:13

ヨハネの福音書 15:13

Jesus love was even greater than this.

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:7-8

たとえ私たちが良い人間であったとしても、だれかが自分のために死んでくれるなどとは考えてもみなかったでしょう。 8 しかし、私たちがまだ罪人であった時、神はキリストを遣わしてくださいました。そのキリストが私たちのために死なれたことにより、神は私たちに大きな愛を示してくださったのです。
ローマ人への手紙 5:7-8

This is why Christians point to John 3:16 as the pinnacle of the gospel:

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.
John 3:16

ヨハネの福音書 3:16

Understanding this, examine your lives, confess your sins, turn to God in faith through Christ and receive afresh the Holy Spirit in your heart. Then come forward and receive the elements of communion.

Today I would like to invite families [are invited to] to come forward together. We won’t be giving the elements to the kids but I’d like them to come forward with you to be a part of this holy experience and to receive prayer.

Mini-sermon 2

One of my students once asked, what is it about Christianity and sheep? Why are there always pictures of sheep in stained glass windows, images of the blood of sheep, and stories of sheep. We’ve already explained about most of that today, but there is one other reference to sheep that we still need to look at.

Jesus told a parable in which a shepherd was tending one hundred sheep. But one of them wandered off and was lost. So the shepherd leaves the other 99 in the open countryside, and runs off to look for the one missing sheep. And when he finds that missing sheep, he is overjoyed.

He puts it on his shoulders and he carries it back to the flock and when he gets there he celebrates with his friends. He’s overjoyed because the sheep that was lost has been found.

In the same way, we are like the sheep that has wandered off and Jesus is like the shepherd. He notices when we wander off and he searches us out.


We often talk in terms of searching for God, and think that it is us who go looking for God. In some ways that’s true. We are called to seek God, to call out to Him and to draw near to Him; but the greater action, the greater search is God’s doing. He seeks us out.

We seek Jesus but He seeks us out more! And when we are reunited with Him, He is overjoyed. God is overjoyed at our returning to Him through Jesus.

God said,

“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2

コリント人への手紙Ⅱ 6:2

I want to tell you today that if you are still wandering the hills, if you’re still a bit lost, today is the day for you to come back. Today is the day for you to get right with God. Today is the day of your salvation. It’s not too late to take communion! God is searching for you. He is calling you. Will you go to Him?