John 1:19-34 – “This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, ” I am not the Christ.” 21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.” 24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them saying, ” I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27 “It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 “This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘ After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ 31 “I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.” 32 John testified saying, ” I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 “I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ 34 “I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.” NASB
Amazingly it is another beautiful morning here in North Texas. Temperature a pleasant 70 degrees, morning breaking on the horizon with all the sounds of coming to life. Coffee cup in hand filled with great coffee that only I can make, Bible in my lap opened to a place that the Holy Spirit prompted and a song in my heart, a praise on my lips and a prayer for the labors of the day being sent heavenward. The first five words are what I heard today! BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD!
Sometimes we just need to stop everything else and focus on the only thing that is truly important – HIM! We need to be reminded that Jesus is truly the “Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world for us.” As John Baptist said here, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the SIN of the world!”
The SIN that reaches back to the Garden of Eden where man lost his way and Satan became the god of this world and all the torment that has ensued subsequently – Jesus bought us back! His sacrifice enabled us to be transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God. We have moved from darkness into light. We have moved from servants of satan to servants of God. We have moved from lost sheep to the redeemed!
BEHOLD THE LAMB of God today! Meditate upon Him and what He has done. Mediate upon on His ultimate and complete sacrifice – HIS FINISHED WORK! Rejoice in the relationship that you have and is available with and in Him. We shall behold Him… We do behold Him… We are beholding Him… Today, make it your singular objective to BEHOLD HIM! Like the old song, “Turn your eyes upon on Jesus… Look full into His wonderful face…” Then, truly the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of HIS Glory and Grace! Make this a day of rejoicing and worship. Make Him the beginning of your day!
BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD! May the Lord richly bless each of you as you begin your day, and may this be the best day you have ever experience to this point and may tomorrow be even better!
Blessings to all, you are my special friends and my prayers are with you today and every day!