Lamb of God, Pure and Holy – Lutheran Service Book #434
John 1:29, 35-26; Isaiah 53:6-7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; John 14:27
Lamb of God, pure and holy,
Who on the cross didst suffer.
Ever patient and lowly,
Thy-self to scorn didst offer.
All sins Thou bor-est for us,
Else had despair reigned o’er us.
Have mercy on us,
O Jesus! O Jesus!
Jesus, the Lamb of God, takes away the sin of the world. In pointing to Jesus John the Baptizer reminds us that Jesus would be the sacrifice that would atone for the sin of the world. By sacrifice, by His willing bearing the sin of the world, our misery becomes His. Our burden He carries. When it came time for God to redeem us, to deal with our sin once and for all, He didn't ask us to offer something that cost us greatly. No, He furnished the sacrifice at great cost to Himself. That Lamb of God, that sacrifice for our sins, is Jesus. John's words remind us that from the beginning Jesus was God’s lamb.
Monday of Holy Week – Isaiah 50:5-10 - My sin and the Savior’s obedience
The Antiphon: Continue Your love to those who know you, Your righteousness to the upright in heart. – Psalm 36:10
Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who amid so many adversities do fail through our own infirmities, may be restored through the Passion and intercession of Thine only-begotten Son.