Atonement day, the shepherd cries,
Another spotless lamb must die.
Oh, how could just one sacrifice,
Our God Jehovah satisfied?
Year after year, the blood would flow,
But none could wash, me white as snow.
Salvation’s day, fulfilled the plan,
The promise came, One Holy Lamb.
One Holy Lamb, washed my sin away,
One sacrifice, paid a price I could not pay.
One Holy Lamb, One Great I AM,
One Seed of Abraham,
One Holy Lamb, washed my sin away.
Atonement day, the Father cries,
The spotless Son of God must die.
One final death for every man,
One blood, one life, One Holy Lamb!
Riley Clark sings this beautiful ballad from Tribute Quartet’s latest project titled, Hit Replay. This classic is a perfect song for the Easter season because it talks about Christ being the Lamb of God. I’m glad that Tribute brought this one back, it’s message and Riley’s vocals are definitely worthy of hitting replay a couple of times!
Hebrews 10:4 and 12 – “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins…But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.”
On the day of the Passover thousands of lambs were slain for sin. Yet, we are told in Hebrews that their blood could never take away sin, it could only cover it until the next year, when the process was to be repeated. This sacrificial system God ordained reminds us of how expensive sin is. In this time period, one’s wealth was measured by their number of herds and flocks. The number of 25,000 lambs could make some lucky person pretty rich. But those lambs were not meant to live, they were meant to die. Add up that number of 25,000 year after year, and you’ll soon realize that sin is a high price to pay. So one may ask the question, “If the death of these lambs could not cancel sin, why did they have to die? If they couldn’t take away sin, why did so many have to die?” Basically, what was the purpose of the sacrifices?…
Did you know: on the Passover, 25,000 lambs (one per household) were slain on one day for sin?
The Savior:…All of the Old Testament sacrifices (especially the Passover) pointed forward to the day when One Holy Lamb would wash away the sins of the whole world. They were a picture of Him. Every lamb killed at the Passover was a type of Christ, representing what He would one day accomplish on the Cross. When looking at the Passover lamb in this way, we see even a greater meaning in the words of John the Baptist, when he said of Christ, “Behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.” The Old Testament lambs couldn’t cancel sin, they could only put sin on credit, so to speak, year after year, until the day when sin would finally be paid for at Calvary. The purpose of the sacrifices were simply this: to point to Jesus. He was the perfect Lamb, sinless and without spot. Just as it was costly for the nation of Israel to slay that many animals every year, what Christ did on the Cross was even more costly – it wasn’t just the death of an innocent animal…it was the death of the spotless Son of God! It was the most costly thing He could give – His very own life. What was the value of His death? We were reconciled to God. His blood CANCELLED our sin debt! Whereas many deaths could only cover sin, in Christ, one death washed sin away completely. Truly the last two lines of the second verse echo the thought, “One final death for every man, One blood, One Life, One Holy Lamb!”