The day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey, was quite significant. In preparation for the upcoming Feast of Passover, the Jews would select the lamb that they would offer as a sacrifice on this very day that we now celebrate as Palm Sunday.
The use of a lamb for sacrifice was very familiar to the Jews. Throughout the Old Testament, in Isaiah 53:7, Leviticus 14:12-21 and also in the New Testament, in Hebrews 10:5-7, we read of the reference of the sacrificial lamb.
When John the Baptist saw Jesus walking toward him, he said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29) His declaration was a statement of the eventual sacrifice Christ Jesus would make for mankind through His death on the cross to make atonement for the sins of the world.
It was completely fitting and thoroughly appropriate, that ‘the Lamb of God Who came to take away the sins of the world,’ would be so recognized and acknowledged on this…. “Lamb Selection Day.” The people were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David….Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,” How many of them knew that what was unfolding before their very eyes was the fulfillment of God’s promise to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:15?
Tragically, most of the Jews were looking for a strong, political type leader who would banish and destroy the oppressing kingdoms and nations surrounding them. They were looking at all the outward things taking place. God was most concerned with that which was taking place inside the hearts and minds and souls of His people.
Paul, writing to the church in Corinth expresses what was truly stretching out before the world in this heavenly designed moment of time. “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
God by His own will and purpose used Jesus, His Son, the only truly acceptable and perfect sacrifice, as the means to reconcile sinners to Himself. This really speaks to the heart of God that wills sinful men to come to Him.
Thus, the church is commissioned to proclaim the Gospel of reconciliation to sinners. Lamb Selection Day takes on all new meaning as men receive God’s providential provision. However, actual atonement for sin was made only for those who would believe.