GENTRY The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.' I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water." And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God." John 1:29-34
What was the testimony of John the Baptist? He testified that Jesus is that "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
How did John know? God, who told John to baptize with water and thus prepare God's people for the coming of their Messiah and Savior, also told John that the one upon whom he saw the Spirit of God descend and remain was the promised Messiah and Savior, the very Son of God! He was the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. He would be God's sacrificial Lamb and make atonement for the sins of the whole world (cf. 1 John 2:1,2).
So what did John do when he saw the fulfillment of God's words (cf. Matthew 3:13-17)? Did he keep it to himself? Did he try to keep his own followers? No, John directed them to Jesus. When he saw Jesus coming toward him, he said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" John also testified of Jesus, "And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God."
Has God, through His Word, revealed to you that Jesus is the Son of God in human flesh? That Jesus is the promised Messiah and Savior? That Jesus has paid in full for the sins of all by His innocent sufferings and death upon the cross?
Do you keep this to yourself? Do you talk of this truth only within the confines of your church? Or, do you say, as John the Baptist did, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"? Are you willing to point people to the crucified and risen Christ Jesus and tell them that He is God's perfect sacrifice for sin, and that in Him alone there is forgiveness and life?
O gracious Holy Spirit, we thank You for revealing to us that Jesus is the Messiah and our Savior. Embolden us to bear witness of Him to others that they too may see Jesus for who He is and believe. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Devotion form The Still Small Voice, Gentry, Ark. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright Â© 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Opinion, Pages 5 on 09/16/2009