May 2011 Prayer and Reflection

From the May 2011 cover of Living with Christ

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Detail of a tile with the Lamb of God LOCATION: Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight, UK CREDIT: © English Heritage Photo Library

By Living with Christ Staff


On this month’s cover we see the colorful image of the paschal lamb from a tile in the chapel at Carisbrooke Castle on the isle of Wight. standing with a banner reminiscent of the standards carried by military regiments durng the Classical era of the roman empire, the lamb represents the risen Christ triumphant over death. Its 3-rayed nimbus (halo) signifies the divinity of the three persons of the Trinity.

 

At the opening of John’s gospel, the Baptist identifies Jesus as the “lamb of god, who takes away the sin of the world” (1:29). The biblical significance of the title is seen in the context of Old Testament lamb symbolism. The blood of the paschal lamb protects and saves the firstborn of the Israelites in exodus 12.  Paul makes the link explicit: Christians are saved by Christ, the true paschal lamb who freely gives his life for us on the cross (1 Corinthians 5:7). Indeed, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing” (revelation 5:12).

 

If you wish, sit quietly with the picture, and reflect on the following questions:

  • How have I experienced Christ as my “protector”?
  • What “banner” do I choose to carry as I face life’s challenges?

 

Living with Christ Staff