The Chinese Character “Lamb”

John the Baptist knew that Jesus was to be the sacrificial lamb of the New Covenant, as we read in John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.”

Did you know that the Chinese character “lamb” depicts Jesus on the cross?


The top strokes represent Jesus’ outstretched arms and hands. The first horizontal stroke joins the shoulders and extends sideways from the shoulders. The second horizontal stroke joins the hips and extends sideways from the hips. The third horizontal stroke extends sideways from the joined knees. The vertical stroke represents Jesus’ body length.

Chinese is an amazing language. Not only are traditional Chinese characters aesthetic and meaningful, many tell a biblical story.

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