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Fr. Matt
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Who is the Lamb of God?

June 12, 2014 at 11:18 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Fr. Matt
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     Once when Jesus was walking by, John the Baptist pointed at Him and said to his followers, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one.” (John 1:29). So, the short answer to your question is: Jesus is the Lamb of God.

     “Lamb of God” is one of Jesus’ titles – or, we might say – one of His nicknames. Like a nickname, our calling Jesus “Lamb of God” tells us something about Him. Some of His other titles (nicknames) include: King of kings, Lion of Judah, Son of God, Lord, Christ, Word made flesh, Son of Man, Rabbi, Miracle Worker, Son of David, Light of the World, Bread of Life, Bridegroom, the Way, the Truth, the Life, Good Shepherd, True Vine, Alpha and Omega (we might say: A and Z), I AM, Messiah, - and countless others.

     All of these tell us something important about Jesus, and the same is true of the title: Lamb of God. For a quick story about why ‘lambs’ are important in the Bible, get out your family or personal Bible (or even go online: http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible) and look up Exodus 12 (especially verses 1-13). The lamb was a sacrificial animal that was offered to God, and – in this case – saved the people from death. The lamb in this case had to be eaten and its blood sprinkled on the doorway in order for the family to live.

In Jesus’ case, He had to be sacrificed (crucified on the cross) to save us from sin and death; we have to eat His flesh (in Holy Communion) and drink His blood (so that our lips – the doorway to our hearts – are covered with His blood). That’s why the priest at Mass holds up the Body and Blood of Christ and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” That’s why we sing or say 3 times: “Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.” and “grant us peace.” Jesus is the Lamb of God, and we fulfill His command – we share His life – every time we gather for Mass.

     Thanks for another great question. If you have further questions or insights into this one, please share them online at our website under “Ask Father” in the “Forums” section (www.stanthonyniagara.org). For more “Lamb of God” references, check out: Genesis 4:4 and 22:8; Revelation 5:6 and 7:17 and 14:10 and 15:3 and 19:9 and 21:23 and 22:1 and 22:3; and paragraphs 523, 536, 602, 608, 613, 719, 757, 796, 1137, 1329, 1364, 1602, 1612, 1642, 2159, 2572, and 2618 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. And keep those questions coming! May God bless you throughout this Easter season!

 

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Fr. Matt

June 12, 2014 at 11:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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