The Sacrificial Lamb

The Bible refers to Jesus as the sacrificial lamb. During my recent studies, I discovered a wonderful correlation.

The Bible talks about the woman anointing Jesus with oil multiple times in the texts. I had always assumed these were different accounts of one event, but they are not. There were, actually, two separate events.

In Luke 7:36-39 an immoral woman enters the house where Jesus is and, 6 days before his crucifixion, washes his feet with oil.

In Matthew 26:6-13 another woman, 2 days before the crucifixion, enters a house in Bethany and anoints Jesus’ head with oil.

So, what’s the big deal? Well, 6 days before the Passover, the priest selects an unblemished lamb for sacrifice and anoints its feet with oil. Then, 2 days before Passover, the priest again anoints the lamb – this time his head – to signify he is, indeed, disease and blemish free. When the Bible calls Jesus our sacrificial lamb, it wasn’t lying!

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