To Become the Sacrificial Lamb

Palm Sunday otherwise known as Passion Sunday marks the “triumphal entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem through the eastern gate. This also marks the beginnings of the holy week up to Good Friday when He was crucified and Easter Sunday, when He was resurrected. Thus, despite it being one of much joy and celebration, it was a step in the direction of fulfilling the cross to become the sacrificial lamb , for he was the passover itself . To give you some context, it was the Passover feast and people were laying palm leaves onto the path where Jesus rode into the city on a donkey. The people were overjoyed to see Jesus after Lazarus was raised from the dead and Jesus told two of his disciples to go into a village where He said that there was a tied donkey and to bring it to Him. When his disciples did as they were told, they placed their cloaks onto the donkey for Him to sit on and the people laid their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches that they cut from the trees.

He told them, “Go into the next village, where you will find a young donkey that has never been ridden. Untie the donkey and bring it here. If anyone asks why you are doing that, just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” ( Luke 19: 30)

[12] On the morrow a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

[13] took the branches of the palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried out, Hosanna: Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
    Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
    righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

It was the passover feast , a feast that was celebrated by the Jews to thank God for setting them free from the slavery of Egypt through his servant Moses. Jews have celebrated Passover since about 1300 BC. The deeper story of the Passover was that when Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, became concerned that the Jews living in the land was outnumbering his very own people, decided to cruelly force them into slavery and even began killing their first born sons in the river, Nile.

Through Moses, God wanted to set His people free but Pharoah was very stubborn and so God sets out the ten plagues against the land of Egypt to convinced him to let them go. On the final plague, God told his people to mark their homes (on their door frames) with the blood of a lamb that they have sacrificed (the passover offering) so that when God send His avenging angel , they would “passover” their homes and everyone that was residing in that house would be protected. In this final plague, Pharaoh’s son was killed and thus the people were given permission to go free after which you know , he changed his mind at the last moment and send his chariots after the people which will then led us to the really epic parting of the red sea that we all have probably heard in sunday school.

Why is there a need to have blood shed? Well according to Hebrew 9: 22 , “And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness”.

Now, this was the very same passover that was celebrated when Jesus entered Jerusalem. He was like a lamb led to the slaughter house for later on he was to die there in the very same week. The Pharisees ( the so-called religious teachers of those days) , who were envious of Jesus and wary of the Romans, said: “‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.'” (Luke 19:39-40, ESV)

The sacrificial lamb

Jesus was the sacrifical lamb and unlike the lamb that was slaughtered whose blood allowed the avenging angel of the lord to “passover” with the sin still there, just under the blood , Jesus’s blood not only forgives but cleanses us from all sins. It removes it and it is no more. There is nothing more to cover for it is gone. (I will share more about His blood on Good Friday and Easter)

Remember Hebrew 9:22 , “And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” , well after Jesus being the sacrificial lamb , there is no need for this atonement of sin for Jesus became that ultimate lamb offering. In Hebrews 10:18 “Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin”. This is what separate the old testament from the new testament ( a new covenant) . There is no more need of those old laws of sacrificing to cover a sin , for Jesus paid it all by his blood “for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).

Hosanna

The people cried “Hosanna, Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord”. Now, if you ever wondered what does “Hosanna” means like I have , well you are not alone.” Hosanna” in psalms 118 : 25 means “Please Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success”. Hence, the people were crying out to save them as He entered the city and was giving him praise and adoration much to the chagrin of the Phraisees. Later, that week, he indeed saves us all by dying on the cross, the sin of the whole world upon his shoulders as he died, innocent.

Riding an animal & throwing of cloaks and branches onto the road

It was the first time Jesus was decribed as riding an animal which is symbolic of royalty and the fact the people were throwing their cloaks and branches where to show their recognition of him as king not like an earthly king with much luxury but a King that was sent to die . A humble one too, to be riding peacefully on a donkey.

Untied Donkey

In order to be used , we have to be untied. Untied from our anxiousness, our insecurities or even the pleasures of the world which are very fleeting. Just like that donkey that was never ridden before until it was used to be ridden upon by Jesus , it was tied up. It is time to be allowed to be untied and be led to be used by God. Don’t let your fears or doubts no matter how big they appear to be to cripple you from being used by God. I believe if that God can use a humble donkey, he can certainly use me however He sees fit according to His Will. God do not call the qualified but rather he qualifies those he calls.

(Twila Paris Lyrics)

Your only Son no sin to hide
But You have sent Him from Your side
To walk upon this guilty sod
And to become the Lamb of God

Your gift of love they crucified
They laughed and scorned Him as he died
The humble King they named a fraud
And sacrificed the Lamb of God

Oh Lamb of God, Sweet lamb of God
I love the Holy Lamb of God
Oh wash me in His precious Blood
My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God


I was so lost I should have died But You have brought me to Your side
To be led by Your staff and rod
And to be called a lamb of God

Oh Lamb of God, Sweet lamb of God
I love the Holy Lamb of God
Oh wash me in His precious Blood
My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God Oh wash me in His precious Blood
My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God

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