Reflecting on “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”:
We could begin with some biblical sources:
most obviously Psalms 22 and 23,
1. the blood of the lambs on the lintels of the Hebrews doors on the night the firstborn of the Egyptians died.
2. The sacrificial animal slaughtered outside the camp to sacramentally propitiate the sins of the Israelites. Note that the gospel writers were careful to emphasize that Jesus was slaughtered outside Jerusalem.
3. Coming down to the present:
I believe in sin and redemption. The “Lamb of God” in us takes away the sins of our neighbors (wives, friends, enemies) by forgiving them. And works patiently with the hard of heart looking for the redemptive stream in their character.
You’ve heard (read) this many times before, nevertheless: The Quaker Sacrament
Throughout Eternity I forgive you, you forgive me.
As the dear Redeemer said, This the wine and this the bread.