Sunday, March 18, 2012

Leon Morris on the Lamb of God

'The Lamb of God' is a way of referring to Jesus which has made a powerful appeal to Christian devotion through the centuries. The petition, 'O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us', occurs in many liturgies, while those who prefer extempore prayer often find the words 'Lamb of God' come easily to their lips. Christian art has found the symbolism congenial, and many are the pictures  and the stained glass windows which show forth the Lamb. There is something about the expression which does not require explanation before it can appeal to the depths of the heart. In the words themselves lurks a numinous quality. (Morris, Leon. The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1955. Print. 129)

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