Today’s Reading: John 1:29-51 (additional reading: Psalm 102:1-28 & Proverbs 14:15-16)
There was a couple who found out that they were expecting a new baby, they carefully explained the news to their young child, with instructions to keep it a secret. When the mother arrived to pick up her child from school the next day, the teacher had a twinkle in her eye as she said “Alex tells me you have a big secret, but he can’t tell me what it is until his mommy’s tummy gets bigger.” You know, there always seems to come a time when the secret gets out. There comes a time when it is not a secret any more.
When John the Baptist came, he was not interested on dwelling on himself. Instead, he said he was a voice, a voice that was preparing the way for the Lord’s coming.
In our reading today, Jesus arrives on the scene. It’s not a secret any more! And now John gives us some specific advice about Him. John says: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” He refers to Jesus as the Lamb. Look to the Lamb of God…for He is our sacrifice; He does for us what we cannot do on our own; as the innocent Lamb, He tales our sin and pays the served penalty—death.
When you stop and think about it, you can see a progression in Scripture of how a person comes to see Jesus. First, Jesus is a lamb. Then He is the lamb. Then He is your lamb.
Coming to Christ first begins with our recognizing that Jesus is some kind of religious figure with some kind of message of significance. We’re not really sure. We may have a general respect for Him, but it’s from a distance. He simply is a lamb.
Then Jesus is the lamb. There comes a moment in our lives when we recognize that Jesus is unique from all other figures in history. He’s more than a prophet, more than a teacher. He is actually the Son of God—deity in human form. He becomes the “Lamb of God,” as John the Baptist said, “who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).
But then we go a step beyond that, and He becomes our lamb. We receive Him as our Saviour and as our Lord. There are many people today who acknowledge that Jesus is God. They acknowledge that He is in heaven. But they have not yet embraced Jesus as their Saviour.
It is not enough to know that Christ died. It is enough when we recognize that Jesus died for our sins, then we repent from our sins, and finally, we receive Him as Lord. Only then is Jesus your lamb.
Look to the Lamb of God…for He wants to make us new and fresh; He wants us to know rich, full, abundant and eternal; and to make it happen He fills us and soaks us with His gracious Spirit.