Is Jesus A Sacrificial Lamb?

In this article, you will find the answer to your burning question: “Is Jesus A Sacrificial Lamb?

The Christian belief can be summed up in a few phrases;

1. Jesus was absolutely sinless
2. We are born sinners [Ro 5:12]
3. Jesus allowed himself to be killed to redeem the born sinners.

These three concepts are linked together and are the fundamental base for the majority of Christians.

In this section, we will address the first part of this three-part religion.

First, we will see how according to the first half of the Bible, the (Torah [Old Testament]), Jesus does not match the concept of a Sacrificial lamb for some very obvious reasons.

According to the Torah, for a lamb to be accepted as a sacrifice to atone for sin, some standards must be met first;

In {Exodus 12:5-7} we examine the incompatibility

1. A sacrificial lamb according to the Torah must be unblemished yet we read that Jesus prior to his sacrifice was beaten, and spat upon {Matthew 27:30}

2. A sacrificial lamb must be -one- year old.

Jesus was over thirty years old {Luke 3:23}

3. The lamb is to be sacrificed in the evening.

Jesus was sacrificed at 3 in the afternoon {Mark 15:25}

Now we move to the second half of the Bible, the Gospel and confirm that Jesus also did not qualify as a perfect sacrifice for sins.

Others who spoke about Jesus in the Gospel claimed;

“You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.” {John 3:5}

Sacrificial lamb Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck

Sacrificial lamb
– Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck

Here we see that those who spoke of Jesus assumed Jesus lived a sinless life according to the Bible, but if we research the life of Jesus according to the Gospel, we come upon many incidences where Christ disproves those who labeled him as a faultless being;

For example;

1. Jesus taught to that getting angry is considered a sin and even punishable by hell {Matthew 5:21-22}.

Yet there are many times in the Bible where Jesus vividly and loudly displayed anger.

[Mark 3:5, Matthew 21:12-15; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-47; John 2:13-17, Matthew 21:19; Mark 11:12-14, Matthew 12:22-31; Mark 3:20-30, Matthew 11:22-24; Luke 10:13-15.]

2. The Gospel teaches to be honest [Matthew 15:19; Mark 7:22, John 8:44], not to give false statements.

Then we see Jesus doing just that, when Jesus was asked to go to Jerusalem, Jesus told them that he would not be going, but then he later went secretly to Jerusalem by himself ( John 7:2-10 ). (Note: the words “not yet” which appear in some versions at John 7:8 are an editorial “emendation” to the original text in an apparent effort to rectify the false statement by Jesus.

During his hearing before the high priest, Jesus said: “I have spoken openly to the world; I have -always- taught in the synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together; I -never- spoke secretly” (John 18:20) This is in direct conflict, to what we find elsewhere.

He taught on the “mount” (5:1-7:28), by the sea (Matthew 13:1), on the plain (Luke 6:17-49), and in other places. To his disciples, he said: “To you has been given the -secret- of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables; so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn about and be forgiven” (Mark 4:11-12).

3. John’s Baptism was for the “Forgiveness of Sins”

Jesus was Baptized {Mark 1:4}

4. Suicide is a sin (1 Corinthians 3:17) and (Exodus 20:13).

According to Paul, Jesus ALLOWED himself to die. (John 19:30)

Furthermore, Jesus even claims to be a sinner according to the Bible;

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good except God alone.” {Mark 10:18}

Jesus stated that anyone ((without sin)) to condemn a woman who had sinned then he himself declined;

John 8:11 “…And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

Of course, this article is not to degrade Prophet Jesus, it is only to show that (((according to the Bible))) Jesus was not the perfect sacrifice which modern Christians claim him to be

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