What Jesus Did! 'Lamb of God for the World' — John 1:29

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world!
— John 1:29
Illustration of John 1:29 — The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world!

Key Thought

Animal sacrifice seems so foreign, maybe even cruel, in our day. Yet it was God's way of helping people know that their sin was costly, injurious, and serious. Their sin didn't just impact them, but it touched all they influenced and damaged their relationship with God. Taking something precious to them, something of great value, a lamb from their own flock, cost them, hurt them, and opened their eyes to the seriousness of their rebellion and failure. However, when it came time for God to redeem us, to deal with our sin once and for all, he didn't ask us to offer something that cost us greatly. No, he furnished the sacrifice at great cost to himself. That Lamb of God, that sacrifice for our sins, is Jesus. John's words remind us that from the beginning of his ministry, Jesus was God's lamb. He came to save, redeem, and ransom us from sin. He is the Lamb of God. So at the beginning of Jesus' ministry, John the Baptist's words invite us to "Look!" and see "the Lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world!" If we watch, and listen, and open our hearts, we will see the Lamb.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for providing the sacrifice that paid for my sins. Give me a deeper sense of sorrow for my sin and a deeper sense of wonder for your grace that provided the sacrifice for my sins and the gift of my salvation. To you belongs all thanks, honor, and praise, now and forevermore, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent some priests and Levites to John. The Jews sent them to ask, "Who are you?" John spoke freely. John did not refuse to answer. John said clearly, "I am not the Christ. " That is what John told people. The Jews asked John, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah ?" John answered, "No, I am not Elijah." The Jews asked, "Are you the Prophet ?" John answered, "No, I am not the Prophet." Then the Jews said, "Who are you? Tell us about yourself. Give us an answer to tell the people who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" John told them the words of the prophet Isaiah: "I am the voice of a person shouting in the desert: 'Make a straight road ready for the Lord.'" These Jews were sent from the Pharisees. These men said to John: "You say you are not the Christ. You say you are not Elijah or the Prophet. Then why do you baptize people?" John answered, "I baptize people with water. But there is a person here with you that you don't know. That person is the One who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie the strings on his shoes." These things all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River. This is where John was baptizing people. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world! This is the One I was talking about. I said, 'A man will come after me, but he is greater than I am, because he was living before me—{he has always lived}.' Even I did not know who he was. But I came baptizing people with water so that Israel (the Jews) could know that Jesus is {the Christ} ." Then John said, "I also did not know who the Christ was. But God sent me to baptize people with water. And God told me, 'You will see the Spirit. come down and rest on a man. That man is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. '" John said, "I have seen this happen. I saw the Spirit come down from heaven. The Spirit looked like a dove and sat on him (Jesus). So this is what I tellpeople: 'He (Jesus) is the Son of God.'"

John 1:19-34

Related Scripture Readings

My dear children, I write this letter to you so that you will not sin. But if any person sins, we have Jesus Christ to help us. He is the righteous (good) One. Jesus defends us before God the Father. Jesus is the way our sins are taken away. And Jesus is the way that all people can have their sins taken away, too.

1 John 2:1-2

You know that {in the past} you were living in a worthless way. You got that way of living from the people who lived before you. But you were saved from that way of living. You were bought, but not with things that ruin like gold or silver. But you were bought with the precious blood (death) of Christ—a pure and perfect lamb. Christ was chosen before the world was made. But he was shown {to the world} in these last times for you. You believe in God through Christ. God raised Christ from death. Then God gave glory to him. So your faith and your hope are in God.

1 Peter 1:18-21

They shouted with a loud voice, "Victory belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."

Revelation 7:10

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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