The Passover lamb that each family sacrificed died so that the family could live. In fifteenth- and sixteenth-century England, there was a position of “whipping boy”—an individual who, if the prince did something wrong, was punished instead of the prince. Jesus is the Passover lamb who dies so we can live; he is the divine whipping boy who is also the king. Instead of being punished for something he did wrong, he died on the cross for our sins.
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