If you ever travel to a place, such as Scotland, where there are lots of sheep, it is possible that you will get to witness a very unusual and unexpected sight.
It is very sad, but sometimes when lambs are born, their mothers die. The problem is that a mother sheep will only allow her own lambs to drink her milk. Without milk, an orphaned lamb would die, too.
However, and it is very sad, but sometimes a mother will lose one of her own lambs who, for whatever reason, doesn’t make it. What shepherds will do in this case is remove the sheepskin from the dead lamb and use it like a coat to cover an orphaned lamb. When the mother sheep smells the coat of her own lamb that covers the orphan, she will welcome the orphaned lamb to nurse as if it were her very own.
This is what God the Father has done for us in Jesus, the Lamb of God. Through his death, we who were orphaned lambs, are able to receive Jesus’ covering of perfect righteousness.
Can you believe it?!
Now, when we approach God, the aroma of that righteousness delights the Father and we are received with his deepest affection. Because of the coat Jesus gives, we need not fear, but simply draw near.
As Hebrews 4:14-16 says,
“14 Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet was without sin. 16 Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need.”