Day 8: John 1:29

For a reminder of what I am doing this month, read this post

John 1:29

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

We are now only a few days away from Good Friday and Easter- a time to reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us.  In reality, we should reflect on this every day.  Too often, we avoid thinking on what Christ did other than on Christmas, thinking of Him coming to Earth as a baby, and Easter, thinking of His death and resurrection.  But He was not born only for Christmas, and He did not die and come back to life only for Easter Sunday.  He did these things for each and every day of each year and for each person in this world.   

This verse is powerful – it was spoken by John the Baptist, an incredible man in his own right, who could have taken his popularity and run with it, but instead chose to listen to his calling, be a servant to his Lord and eventually give his life for Him.  Up to this point, Jesus had not had a public introduction as the Son of God.  There were those who knew who He was when He was a baby (Simeon and Anna – Luke 2, the Shepherds and Wise Men, etc.), and Elizabeth, the mother of John, knew who He was when His mother was carrying Him (Luke 1:40-42).  As an adult, however, He was only the son of a carpenter in the eyes of most.  John knew that the Messiah was coming, and he was able to recognize Him when the Holy Spirit spoke to him. 

As for relating this verse to my daily life, it is most relative in that I am a sinner saved by grace.  All other things will fade away – my life and possessions will turn to dust, but if I follow my Saviour where He leads me, I will spend eternity with Him.  I so look forward to the day when I will meet Him face to face and see what John saw that day so long ago – the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

This verse of the day comes from VOTD.

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