To be honest with you, I have not seen many lambs in person. Probably as a child I saw some at the zoo or I went to an Easter production one year and they had live animals. I'm sure in Bible times that lambs were a common appearance. Lambs were needed for making sacrifices to God in the temple, and so raising lambs was necessary.
Josephus, the Jewish historian, wrote that one year a census was taken of the number of lambs slain for Passover and that figure was 256,500! So there was a good possibility that Jesus was surrounded by other lambs as he entered Jerusalem.
When John the Baptist started talking about Jesus as the lamb of God, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!' (John 1:29), it would have made a profound impression on the people in Bible times. Lambs were raised to die. When Jesus entered Jerusalem for the Passover in John 12, people were chanting and screaming for a King, not a lamb. They wanted someone to come and rule over them with a just hand and wipe out the Roman government.
These people were trying to put together the king they wanted instead of the King they saw. As we focus on Jesus' resurrection this Easter, I'd like to challenge you to look at who Jesus is and not so much of what we want in our Savior. Jesus is JESUS. Jesus is GOD. He is our King, our Savior, our Lord, He reigns forever!! He is the ONLY way to heaven. He is the great Lamb of God that came to take away the sins of the world!! (Can you tell I'm excited for Easter??)
May God be with you during this Easter season. If you need a church to go to this Sunday, we'd love to have you at The Rescue. Go to www.rescuesumner.org for directions.
I'll be posting a Maundy Thursday and Good Friday blog this week.