So what do you think? Did anyone back then make a connection to Passover when John the Baptist called Jesus “The Lamb Of God”? Maybe he was just speaking prophetically as prompted by God, not knowing what that fully meant himself?
The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 (NASB)
I think it interesting that the Israelites were told to take the first Passover lambs into their house on the tenth day of the month and keep it with them until the fourteenth day of the month. (See Exodus 12.)
There are scholars who are much better at explaining the “Why?” of this, but I think it perhaps in part had to do with bonding and making a connection with the lamb. It may have had more meaning when it had become like a family pet, and it may have helped emphasize the pain and cost of sin.
It can make us look at sin differently, particularly casual sin, when our Lamb becomes personal and has a name which, I believe, is Real Life Jesus.
The part of today’s comic strip about “Walter” is strictly my imagining through western cultural eyes. I can’t say that there was really an emotional connection between those families and their Passover lambs, just what is recorded like in the Books of Moses. Nevertheless, I think that there is great value for us to try to see these things through ancient Jewish eyes, so I’ve made that a personal study goal as part of my own “So What Now?” One helpful blog that I follow here at WordPress is “My Heart Is For Israel.” You’ll find a great deal of researched information there as well as downloadable PDF documents! Why not check it out?!?