Francisco de Zurbaran, Agnus Dei (1639) Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando
‘He was lead as a sheep to the slaughter,
and like a lamb voiceless before his shearer,
so opened he not his mouth.’ (Acts 9:32)
Behold the Lamb of God!
Behold him who takes away the sin of the world.
He hangs on the cross
battered and bruised
bloody and beaten.
A man who suffers for me
feeling pain just as I do.
His is the greatest sacrifice of all.
Like a lamb to the slaughter.
We are all like sheep
who have got lost and gone astray.
We have all done our own thing
and not always for the best.
But he was good,
that Lamb of God.
And all our sins have been piled on him.
All our sins.
This is for me.
He died for me
so that my sins could be forgiven.
All of my sins.
How can I ever repay him?