The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
“Look, the Lamb of God!”
For centuries God’s people had been anxiously waiting for the Messiah. They had sinned against him and deserved punishment, but the Lord promised that his Anointed One would come to save them—a prophet, priest, and king all rolled into one man. And now the day had finally arrived for Jesus to be “officially” introduced and begin his redeeming work. John the Baptist was the one chosen by God to make the announcement. But how do you introduce such a man? What words do justice to the one who is the Word of God in human flesh and blood?
“Look,” John said, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” With those few, simple words, the world was introduced to its one true hope of redemption.
Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, came to serve as our priest, a mediator between us and God whom we had angered by our sin. But this priest did not wait for us to bring a sacrifice. Nothing that we have to offer could ever pay down the debt we owe for a lifetime of rebellion against God. So, Christ offered the only sacrifice worth more than all the lives of people put together—his own perfect life and innocent blood as the sinless Son of God. A different John, John the apostle, wrote about Jesus, “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
How do we introduce Jesus to our friends and neighbors? Truly there is much that we can say about him. We can talk about his power as the Son of God or the eternal wisdom of his teachings. But the greatest gift that Christ has to offer anyone is not a miracle or meme, but himself. His death on the cross is payment for our sin and his resurrection from the grave is a guarantee of eternal life. Share this wonderful good news with others, as John did. Tell them that Jesus is worthy of their trust. Believe in him and have peace with God.
Dear Jesus, I cannot repay you for what you sacrificed to bring me forgiveness. Give me opportunities to tell others how you are the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. Amen.
The devotions in March on Thursday and Friday focus on the office of Jesus Christ: Prophet, Priest, and King.
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