An Unexpected Easter Lesson

I walked up to the open market, expecting to find butchered lamb, packaged and ready for sale. But as I approached, it became clearer and clearer that this was not the situation. The first thing that caught my attention was the sound of lambs bleating. “Have they not been slaughtered yet?” I wondered in disbelief. Coming closer I saw that some had. Two lay dead on the ground, their necks stained red with fresh blood. Next I saw a shallow pool of red blood flowing down a drain designed for rain run off. Customers stood waiting to purchase the freshly slain animals. While the merchants busily moved about. Some held down the quietly submissive animals, taking knifes to their throats. Others worked at preparing the animals for sale. The lambs were being skinned, drained of blood, and weighed.

The sight became too much for me, and I turned away and saw a few young lambs, untouched in a cart, waiting for their turn. It was these lambs which I heard before I saw any dead. But now the surprise I had felt at hearing live lambs turns to pity and sorrow, knowing that they too will soon be slaughtered. Then I thought of Christ and all the lambs slaughtered during the Old Testament system. I left the market empty-handed, unable to buy a lamb for our Easter meal. But I took with me something far more valuable: the thought that if God is a God of love, which I firmly believe He is, how great is my sin that the taking of innocent life was continually necessary in the Old Testament! And all the more, how great is my sin that Jesus Christ (the lamb of God) was slaughtered for me!

“You were ransomed . . . not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:18–19, ESV).

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3 thoughts on “An Unexpected Easter Lesson

  1. Wow. I’ll never complain about our grocery store again. And to see this and think what our salvation cost makes me shudder with gratitude.

    • We have the same response to the cost of salvation.

      As to the grocery store, we have those too. We even saw some lamb for sale there. But it was sold out when we went to buy it. That is what lead us to the open market.

  2. What a poignant moment! Powerfully driven home point. I often wondered how it must have been to have actually been there at the tabernacle/temple during the time of sacrifice. What is even more gripping is when you study Leviticus 1, it is not the priest that kills the animal, but the offerer! The priest’s job was to apply the blood. Point: The offerer was declaring/showing he was responsible for the death of the innocent substitute. I am responsible for the death of my Innocent Substitute–the Lamb of God. I put Christ to death even though I was not physically there at the time. He had to die because of my sin. Shocking. But thankful my great High Priest has applied the blood and my sin is covered. Thanks for sharing! Appreciate all you guys are doing for the Lord in Romania.

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