John 1:29

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Reflection

The apostle John documented a significant event in John 1:29 (NKJV)“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”  On seeing Jesus, John called those present – and today by the Holy Spirit, the call remains:

  1.  ‘Behold’. That word infers more than a casual glance; rather, a gaze, with a desire to understand.  Today, there is an invitation to look again to the Saviour, with a genuine desire to know Him more.
  2. The Lamb of God. The irony of the Easter story including the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, is that it all happened in the Passover week – the celebration of the deliverance and salvation of God‘s people by a powerful God and the blood of a lamb. As one author said “it was a setup”. God was making a point. The Passover was a forecast of what was to come; the deliverance and salvation of all mankind through the death of God’s Son, the One that John called the Lamb of God, who…
  3. ‘Takes away the sins of the world’. Before Jesus, sacrifices only covered sin. But the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. No more sacrifices were needed. The power of sin was broken. Ordinary people can have a relationship with a Holy God.

Mankind had been separated from God through their sin. But through Jesus that sin was not covered but taken away. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that Jesus did this – once and for all! In return, all He asks us to do, is remember Him.

Action Point

So, this Easter, let’s take the time to gaze upon the Lamb of God and behold Him! 

Prayer: 

Jesus, we set time aside to look to you, who died on the cross for us…And remembering you – we say thank you.

It doesn’t seem much in return, but we are grateful for your sacrifice.


Bio:

Pastor Wayne Alcorn is the National President of the Australian Christian Churches (formerly known as AOG in Australia). He has been a credentialed pastor for over 35 years, and has held a number of key leadership roles in the ACC movement, including National Director for Youth Alive and Queensland / Northern Territory State President for 12 years. He was elected National President of the ACC in 2009. Together with his wife Lyn, Wayne pastors the multi-campus Hope Centre in the South East corner of Queensland.