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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Watch the Lamb

Matthew 27:26b-37

26b and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
 27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
 28And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
 29And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
 30And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
 31And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
 32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
 33And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
 34They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
 35And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
 36And sitting down they watched him there;
 37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

The following song is a sermon in itself. It is a Christian 'ballad'--a song that tells a story that illustrates Christian truth. The song is most powerful and moving, and illustrates the scripture passage above in story-form.

Listen to it very closely. You will learn the history behind the practice of the Jews to go to Jerusalem once a year to sacrifice a lamb and how that act translates to the Christ, the lamb of God.

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