The Lamb of God // Isaiah 53:6

There are many comparisons in the Bible of people to sheep. You might think of sheep as cuddly little critters that you count when you have trouble falling asleep, but that isn’t quite right. Sheep are notoriously dumb. They are known to bite. They are also controlled by their cravings. As a result, sheep easily wander off, will bite their caregivers, and fall off cliffs while looking for their favorite sweet grass. This is essentially the context of our verse for today that talks about how sheep leave God’s path to go their own way. But, and it’s a BIG BUT, we see in the second part the prophecy where God will lay all of our sin on “him,” or the Lamb of God. This is NOT to say that Jesus is dumb, bites, and prone to suffer from his cravings. This brings us to another main role of sheep in the Scriptures: they were used as an item sacrificed to cover the sins of the people. This gives new meaning to what John the Baptist said of Jesus very early in John’s Gospel, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). So, I want to close today by getting you to think about the areas where you are oblivious to your disobedience to God’s Word, Will, and Way. How often have you literally or figuratively bitten God and others? Do your cravings lead you astray and cause you to fall away? If you answered yes to any of those, know your sins have been place on Jesus and He gave His life to remove your sins as far away from you as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).