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The Lamb of God

Sacrifice

The sculpture is made entirely of shapes like eyes, with a mask-like head set on the majestic body of a ram. A closer inspection reveals a great nail buried deep in its breast.

 

Sacrifice is surrendering something good in the present for something better in the future. The Lamb of God is the title given to Jesus Christ in St John’s Gospel, which includes the famous line, ‘Greater love has no man than this: that he should lay down his life for his friends.’ The Reformation emphasised that the sacrifice of Christ for the world was a gift of grace – sola gratia.