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He is the Lamb of God who bore all the sins of the world, “once and for all.”

When I first married and moved to West Texas, we raised sheep. I was so determined to be useful that this pure city girl worked right beside my husband as we did several very difficult, crude and rude things to our sweet, gentle little lambs. At the end of the first day, I was overcome with a deep chill and began shaking in a way that we could not stop by all efforts to warm me. Although my determination was set, the gory truth was shocking to assimilate. I have often thought about those initial experiences raising, working and marking lambs. Lambs are so gentle in character. They are guileless and they don’t carry a grudge. If they know you well, they will run to you. They don’t even remember the inflicted hurt or associate it with you. When you sheer sheep or mark lambs they are not quiet, they are silent. “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53

In this painting, the Lamb of God has purchased our redemption. He is emerging with our freedom through an opening that is a representation of the open tomb. It is more precisely the Gardn Tomb in Jerusalem, Israel, where many believe Jesus was buried. A group from First United Methodist Church traveled there this summer. The most important thing I heard on site was, “whether he was buried in the tomb under the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or in the garden tomb, the point is

He is not here; He is risen.”

Prophetic Art and Christian Art by, Latimer Ramsey

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