In the spring, wherever sheep ranching occurs, a double tragedy takes place.
The first is that some ewes bring forth stillborn lambs. Here is the mother
ewe, full of milk and warmth and the ability to protect her lamb, but it is
The second tragedy is that of the many ewes which give birth to twins, some
make the decision to accept only one and to reject the other.
You might see the solution to this tragedy already: placing the abandoned
twin with the ewe which has had the stillborn. And that, in fact, is what occurs.
But there is a problem: ewes will bond only with their own offspring.
So the ranchers take this course of action. They slit the throat of the stillborn
and splash some of its blood on the head and snout of the abandoned twin.
Then they skin the stillborn and tie its fleece over the back of the abandoned
twin, which is now presented to the ewe of the stillborn.
Her curiosity causes her to taste the blood, which she identifies as her own.
And she smells her own lamb's scent in the fleece. So she begins to nurse and
protect and give warmth to this abandoned twin. After 5 or 6 days, her milk
has changed the body chemistry of the twin so that it smells like her own indeed.
The adoption is now complete
Each of us born into this world is that abandoned twin. For the heart of the Father
to be satisfied, each of us needs to appropriate both the blood and the fleece of the
Lamb of God. In His blood we receive forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and the promise
of heaven. This we commemorate and celebrate in every Communion Service.
But many of us have never allowed ourselves to be clothed in the fleece of Jesus.
His fleece here represents His acceptability. Ephesians 1:6 (KJV) proclaims that we
have been "made accepted in the Beloved." So often what we try to do instead is make
ourselves acceptable by our efforts, our education, our purity or whatever.
But this commercializes God's love and acceptance of us, with which He refuses to
collaborate. He insists that His love and acceptance be gifts. A gift can only be
received, not earned.
What the Father wants is for us to see ourselves "in Christ," Paul used that expression
over 80 times. In Christ I am acceptable and accepted. Once I see myself wrapped in the
fleece of Jesus, I can offer His fleece to others. So often we cannot truly believe in
our acceptability until another member of the Body of Christ extends it to us first.
There are therefore three questions:
1. Will I accept the blood of the Lamb?
2. Will I accept the fleece of Jesus?
3. Will I extend the blood and the fleece of Jesus to others?