The Lamb of God
Spring is lambing time. This painting, Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) is by the Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán and shows a young merino lamb, between eight and twelve months old, trussed ready for slaughter, but meekly accepting its final destiny. Zurbarán uses this simple image to provide the viewer with an insight into the Passion of Jesus Christ, made even more real by the meticulous detail of the lamb’s fleece which makes the viewer feel they could touch the soft woolly coat.
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” 1 Peter 1:18-19. May the risen Jesus be very real to you.