Behold The Lamb Of God…!”( Jn.1:29-34).
John the Baptist grew up in the wilds, but it must have been from teenage or from youth. Knowing that he was a special child, his parents would not have allowed him to quickly leave them for such a desert life.
Considering that he and Jesus were related, and that they were age mates, the chances are that they would have met each other. Besides, mothers being who they are, each mother would have told his son some of the unexplainable stories related to their births.
They may have known each other physically, but the true identity of Jesus was not yet made known to John.
John saw Jesus coming towards him and he said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”
By these words, John already introduced the purpose of Jesus’ coming and the way he was to die. By Old Testament usage and understanding lambs were sacrificial animals; and were used for sin offerings. If Jesus was the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world, it already indicated that he was to die a forceful death. Sacrificial animals are killed, so too will Jesus be killed.
Even so, John would not have known that Jesus was the one for whom he came preparing the way. In John’s own words, “I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
John would not have known Jesus except that the One who sent him to baptize with water said, “‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”
The gospels tell us more about Jesus the man who became the Christ. Flesh and blood cannot reveal this truth to us. Only the Holy Spirit makes this revelation clearer and understandable to us.
However, the argument against the Messiahship of Jesus has not started today. He was killed for the very reason that he claimed to be a Messiah. John the Baptist testifies as an eyewitness what he saw and the central role he played to prepare the way for the Messiah.
If there is no reason to believe that John’s testimony is true, there’s equally no reason to believe that his testimony is not true. So I choose to believe that his testimony is true.
Jesus is the Lamb of God who has taken away the sin of the world; including mine and yours. If we believe this, then he, Jesus does not join those who condemn us, but to each of us he says, “Go and sin no more!”
Prayer: “Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world. Have mercy on us.” Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!
Rev Babila Fochang.