We are not redeemed with silver and gold but by “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1Pe 1:19) The Old Testament picture is the lamb at Passover. Just before the Exodus from Egypt, a perfect lamb was taken into the house for several days. It became part of the family, and the people learned to love the lamb. Then the command comes to slay the lamb, take its blood, and place it on the lintels and the door post of the house. Either the lamb was slain and the blood applied, or the eldest son died. There was no other option. You could not buy off the death angel. Money did not matter; position did not matter; family background did not count. The blood had to be applied, or the son died. Annually the Israelites then continued the celebration of the Passover. A perfect lamb had to be sacrificed upon the altar for sin every year at the time of Passover until Christ came. When Jesus died, He became the perfect Passover lamb. He died that we might live. In order for His death to be acceptable to God, Christ must be fully human as our kinsman redeemer; yet, He was also God. To truly be human, He came and lived among us. As a man, He would have faced the limitations of humanity, such as hunger, exhaustion, and human emotions. He would have made mistakes, been frustrated, and faced all the temptations of a normal, natural human being; but He never sinned. The Bible says He “was tempted in all points like as we are yet without sin.” (Heb 4:15) For this perfect lamb to purchase our redemption, He must have been morally without spot or blemish. Christ, as a human, can and did live without sinning, giving us the hope that through Him, we also can live victoriously. Christ gave us the example that we should follow in His steps who did no sin. (1Pe 2:21- 22) Our hope for victory over sin comes through Christ’s sacrifice. He came to take away our sins “and in him is no sin.” Because He is sinless, “whosoever abideth in him sinneth not.” (1Jo 3:5-6)

Not only was Christ fully human, He was also fully God. His human mother was Mary, but His Father was God; thus, He was both man and God. The death of a member of the Trinity alone would have sufficient merit to take the punishment of all mankind. As a man, He was eligible to die for our sins; as God, He was of sufficient value to forgive and cleanse us from our sins. The final book of the Bible, Revelation, pictures the Lamb no longer as a helpless victim, but as our Redeemer and the King of kings and Lord of lords. (Re 17:14) The Lamb will be the one who makes war upon the Antichrist and evil kings of this world and will utterly defeat them. The last chapter of the Bible shows the Lamb sitting upon a throne along with God. Those who have applied the blood of the Lamb to their lives have been redeemed, and we will be in heaven with Him, where He will reign forever and ever.