With Easter approaching, I can't help but have God on my mind. He's on my pillow when I wake up in the morning. He's in my bowl of cereal. He's there all day.
There's so much to take in, to remember and acknowledge during Easter time. Honestly, I should be thinking about him all year long but Easter time always seems extra special. It's the same reason I think of my mom all day long on the anniversary of her death every year. It just seems like a sacred time.
I love the rituals that churches hold during this holy week. The prayer sessions, the palms, the washing of feet in some. I'm not always big on rituals within a church because I think that they away from true worship but during this time of year, they seems so perfect.
You want to hear something funny? For the longest time, I never knew what people meant when they called Jesus the "lamb of God." There were songs about it, it was in scripture and people included it in their prayers but I didn't know why they called him that, only that they did and it seemed like a term of endearment.
Then one Sunday I attended church where the pastor was talking about Passover and their customary rituals. Families would slaughter a lamb and they would eat bread and drink wine to commemorate the first passover back during the time of the Egyptian plagues when they were told to kill a lamb and put its blood over their doors so that the angel of death would pass them over.
Then the pastor talked about the last supper and how Jesus asked his disciples to prepare a room for them and they ate bread and drank wine. It's a very familiar scene but the one thing that was missing was the lamb. I'd never noticed that before. Perhaps it was because I didn't know the customs of Passover but it seemed like a really big thing to miss. They didn't eat meat at the last supper even though that was the custom and the reason was that Jesus was the lamb. He would be sacrificing himself soon enough so an additional sacrifice wasn't necessary.
It was eye opening and I wept openly right there in the middle of church. Jesus was the lamb, the ultimate sacrifice who gave his life for my sins and for the sins of the world. And now, every time I hear that expression, "the lamb of God", it has a whole new meaning.