Behold, the Lamb of God

 

From the Gospel of John.  Gospel simply mean “Good News”, and John presents that Good News in a way unlike the other Gospel writers.  They were more historical in their writings, and in many ways Matthew, Luke and Mark are similar.  John is an artist, taking “artistic license” and rearranging the order of things to better build upon the story he is presenting.  So we see a little of that here.   John does not go into details of the baptism by immersion of Jesus in the Jordan River, but skips straight to John the Baptist announcing Him as the Lamb of God.  

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!   What Good News to announce!   A sacrificial lamb for all time, for all the sins we’ve ever committed!  We still have a hard time wrapping our heads around what this means, clearly one there, except MAYBE John himself, had any idea what this actually meant.

 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.  John was called by God to do what as was doing, for the purposes that he would be the one to announce the savior.  He had no knowledge who he would be announcing, but looked for the sign of the spirit descending from heaven to reveal whom he would be announcing.  

And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’   So, two men raised apart, despite their mothers being blood related.  Jesus was raised in Nazareth, John in the desert.   Raised and lived apart, so that there would be no collusion between the two of them, no chance of God’s plan being reduced by charges of a conspiracy.  So that John could bear witness and testify –

And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.  The Son of God.  Announced at the outset of His ministry,  and proven at the end of His ministry by his resurrection from the grave on the third day.   The Son of God, the Lamb of God.  Announced publicly at the start for all who could believe.  Confirmed spectacularly at the finish for those who wouldn’t.  Still calling those who would have eyes to hear, and ears to listen. 


“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.””
‭‭John‬ ‭1:29-34‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/jhn.1.29-34.esv

John Lewis

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