Judges 13:1-14:20; John 1:29-51; Psalm 102:1-28; Proverbs 14:15-16
“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 1:29
I don’t see a lamb, let alone a lamb from God.
Oh wait, I see a flock of sheep in the distance, maybe there’s a lamb or two there. Can’t tell from this distance.
Yes, I know that lambs are slaughtered at Passover to take care of our sins once a year.
What a bloody mess. So much noise, and stink, and blood.
All I see is a man I haven’t seen around here before, and the guy doing the baptizing looked straight at him and said those words about a Lamb of God.
I wonder if that guy realizes he’s been spoken of as a Lamb with all that it implies.
A bloody mess.
Don’t ever call me a Lamb.
Lord Jesus, thank you for being our Lamb–our sacrifice–who willingly let your blood be shed for our sins. Let us not shrink from the messy talk of sin, of blood, of sacrifice–the not so pretty sight of the Cross. That messy business of the Cross covered the greater mess of our sinful lives so that we can stand before you now and forever covered with your righteousness. May we live in gratitude for all you have done for us as the Lamb of God. In your name we pray, Amen.