We went to the local county fair last night and watched the 4-H and FFA sell their market pigs. Where I grew up, we didn’t show sheep and goats, so I watched the youth exhibit them for sale along with the pigs for the first time. When I think of a lamb, I think of a small animal, but these were over 100 pounds. I had no idea that a year-old lamb could be so big.
There is a lot of symbolism in the picture I’ve attached, more than I will touch on today. I don’t know the girl in the photo, but she was an excellent showman and proudly displayed her lamb for all to see. As cute as it is, it is doomed to be slaughtered and will be on someone’s table for Christmas dinner. The pigs, goats, and lambs, all selling at the same market, will go to the slaughterhouse together but end up in different places. That’s not unlike the mix of people here on earth. On judgment day, the sheep will end up in Heaven with Jesus, while the rest go to a different place.
Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalms 100:3
Did these animals choose who they became? No. They were born to be what they were. For us, God knew, before we were born, who we would become, and by faith, we became the sheep of his pasture and overcame the world.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4