Updated: Mar 18, 2021
The shepherds in biblical times around springtime when the new lambs were born would choose the best of the best of the best lambs and offer it in sacrifice to God in thanksgiving for His goodness; for giving them another year; FOR SAVING THEM. Jesus sacrifices Himself on our behalf as the lamb to His Father, that’s why we call Him the Lamb of God, as thanksgiving; He comes and gives Himself to us to be offered on our behalf in gratitude for God's goodness to us. That’s why the bread and wine are Jesus’ body and blood. It’s Jesus. He is the sacrifice given on our behalf. God does all the work.
Wow. I’m just in awe at how much God loves me. How loved I am. How special I am. How important I am to God. How can I not praise Him and give Him honor and glory for His goodness to me, let me quote the psalm I call to mind every time I am about to eat holy communion at Mass: “What shall I return to my God for all His goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise His name for saving me.” Psalm 116: 12-13.
So what can we do to repay God for His goodness? Show up. Come to God. Come! God does the rest. So great is His love for us that all He wants is our heart and He does the rest. God says in the Bible: “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6. God wants you. God desires you. God is after you. You come and God does the rest. He even then takes that offering that we bring, bread and wine, and bestows it upon us in Holy Communion as we feast on the lamb sacrificed to the Father.
Wow! Isn’t our God just wonderful? Don’t you just want to shout with praise at how good God is? I do! You see how much God loves you that all He wants is YOU and He does the rest. You come as you are “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6