Lamb of God

Homemade grave markers come in all forms and are made of many different kinds of materials.  This grave marker in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona, is a Latin cross made of cement with intricately molded terracotta tiles embellishing the cross.  In the center of the cross, where the long and short crossbars meet, is a tile with the image of a lamb with a banner behind it.  This image is the Lamb of God symbol.

The Lamb of God symbol represents the sacrifice Jesus Christ made with His blood to wash away the sins.  In the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, in the book of John 1:29 John the Baptist said of Jesus, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”   This idea was rooted in the Old Testament during Exodus when Moses performed none signs to have the Pharaoh to agree to let the Jews flee Egypt.  Finally with the Pharaoh still not relenting, the Bible says that Moses heard from God and that he was to instruct the faithful to sacrifice a lamb and paint lintel of each doorway with the blood.  In that way, the Angel of Death would “Passover” those houses.  The houses, however, without the painted lintels would suffer by losing their first born.  After that, the Pharaoh told Moses he could lead his people out of Egypt—from the bondage they experienced to the freedom and promise of a new land.

Jesus, as the Lamb of God, was the sacrificial lamb offering his life and blood to wipe away the sins of humanity.

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