Words from the Heart for Thursday February 27th, 2020
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! the good news!”
John 1:29 (NIV)
The Lamb of God
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There is a lot we can learn from the life of John the Baptist. He was called to point others to Jesus, and when Jesus appeared on the scene, John quickly stepped back and let Jesus take centre stage. He knew his role within God’s plan for the salvation of the world and the redemption of those around him, and he played the role perfectly. So it wasn’t surprising when he saw Jesus coming. John 1:29 records it this way: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John realized that Jesus was unique. He alone had come to take away the sin of the world. This was not something that even a holy man like John could accomplish. It took the unblemished Lamb of God, chosen before the foundation of the world to bear the punishment that our sins deserve. John had been faithful to his calling to prepare hearts to receive the Saviour that God had selected. We have a role in God’s redemptive plan as well – to tell others about the Lamb of God, Jesus, as well.
These have been words from the heart.