“When he saw Jesus coming towards him, John said: ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’” (Jn 1:29).
He no longer says: prepare yourself. That would be out of place now that the person you were prepared for is finally in front of our eyes. The nature of the case now requires a different kind of sermon. An explanation is required of who is present and why he came down to us from heaven. What power will death have over us when sin is erased? So John says, “Behold the Lamb of God,” of which the prophet Isaiah told us as follows: “He was led to slaughter like a sheep, and did not open his mouth like a lamb before his clipper.” : 7). In earlier times he was embodied by the law of Moses, but because the law was only a figure and a harbinger of his salvation was only partial; Her compassion was not enough to embrace the whole world. But now the true lamb, the victim without blemish, which was mapped out in earlier times, is being slaughtered for everyone to ban sin from the world, to overthrow the destroyer of the world, death by dying for all mankind to abolish and release us from the curse: “You are dust and you will return to dust” (Gen 3:19). He will be the second Adam, who is not from earth but from heaven, and will be the source of all blessings for us. It will free us from the bribery that is alien to our nature; He will secure eternal life for us, reconcile ourselves with God, teach us to worship God and lead a sincere life and be our way to the Kingdom of Heaven.
A lamb died for all to restore the whole flock on earth for God the Father. one died for all to submit everything to God; one died for everyone in order to win everyone so that everyone “no longer lives for themselves but for those who died and who was brought to life for them”.
Because our many sins had subjected us to death and corruption, the Father gave his son as our salvation, one for all, because everyone was in him and he was greater than everyone. One died for everyone so that we can all live in it. Death swallowed up the lamb that was sacrificed for everyone, and then he disguised us all in and with him; for we were all in Christ who died and rose for us.
After the sin was destroyed, how could the death caused by the sin not be completely destroyed? How could the branch with the root survive? What power will death have over us when sin is erased? So when we are happy about the sacrifice of the Lamb, we shout: “O death, where is your victory? Where’s your sting, oh death? “(1 Corinthians 15:55). “All wickedness will hold its tongue,” as the psalmist sings somewhere. From now on, it will no longer be possible to denounce sinners for their weakness, because God is the one who acquits us. “Christ has released us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse because of us” (Gal 3:13), so that we can escape the curse imposed on us by sin.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
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