Reposted from Pastor Flamme
(51 verses, 3:18 to read)
What I am about to READ
- “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
- Introduction (1-18).
- John the Baptist is questioned (19-28).
- John bears witness concerning Jesus, that he is the Son of God (29-34).
- John, Andrew, and Simon Peter follow Jesus (35-42).
- Philip and Nathanael follow Jesus (43-51).
- John’s Gospel is one of the most beloved books in the Bible, and for good reason! The apostle, probably well aware of the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, tells us of many of the instances of Jesus ministry to which he was a witness under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The expressed purpose of his book will come much later (John 20:31), but from the very first chapter the apostle John is laying the foundation of Christ’s person and work upon which our faith rests. Though there are 21 books, Holy Week starts in chapter 12. The Lamb of God’s sacrificial work of dying and rising is clearly the heart of the book. Upon the cross, we see Christ’s glory, the glory of Christ dying for our forgiveness and life. This Lententide, delight in the comfort of this gospel as it takes us to Jesus’ passion and his triumphant cry upon the tree, “It is finished!”
- Notice the parallel with in verse 1 with Genesis 1:1. John is keen to point out that the Son of God is nothing less than God himself. He was there before the creation of all things.
- The apostle John is also intent on telling his hearers and readers that Jesus’ glory is not the stuff of myth or fairy tale. He, along with the other apostles, were eyeball witnesses of Jesus’ glory, both the signs of his divinity which were often displayed, and also the glory of Jesus ressureciton (1:14). To say that Jesus is God incarnate is not some spiritual euphemism. It’s that God himself walked upon this earth like you and me, as a real figure in human history.
- One of the most profound expressions of the Gospel springs from John the Baptist’s lips in this chapter. “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” In this one sentence is contained the culmination and purpose of all the Old Testament sacrifices. In this one sentence is the damning accusation that this world is lost in sin and death. In this one sentence we see God in the flesh who is willing to bear our guilt, as our sacrificial victim, to win the Father’s peace and favor.
- Prayer: O Christ, thou Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. Amen.
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-Pastor A. Brian Flamme