The Lamb of God: John 1:19-34

The Lamb of God: John 1:19-34

Building on the Deity of Christ found in the Prologue of John, the Apostle writes about the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world as proclaimed by John the Baptist. This section of Scripture has some of the most beautiful truths in all of God’s Word.

In the first part of chapter one, we saw the Word became flesh. Here, we see the Word as the perfect lamb of God, without sin and spot, that would be sacrificed on our behalf. The imagery and foreshadow of what Christ’s purpose was is unmistakable. Christ came to be a sacrifice for our sins. He would be a sacrifice for all people, not just the Jews.

In the second section of the first chapter, we see the first run-in with the Pharisees. These men had an agenda. They wanted to keep power. They were looking to root out false messiahs and, in doing so, they missed the real Messiah. How tragic!

They questioned John the Baptist and his authority. What authority did he have if he were not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor a prophet? The answer is that he had authority from God. He was the fulfillment of prophecy. He was the voice preparing the way for Christ because Christ had come into the world.

That voice in the desert would serve as the forerunner to Christ. But that forerunner understood that he was below Christ. He said that he was not even worthy enough to tie the strap of Christ’s sandal. Why do we not have that kind of reverence for Christ today?

There is much to learn from the second part of John 1. Let us learn about the true Lamb of God.

One thought on “The Lamb of God: John 1:19-34

  1. Power has corrupted people since the beginning of time. I served on every committee and board at my old UMC at the same time. I was chair of the SPPRC and President of the UMM. When I learned the pastor, the DS and the Bishop were not walking with Christ, I resigned all positions. I had been involved to serve God and the congregation. When I resigned, the chair of the church council said to me; “you’re resigning from the most powerful position in the church (SPPRC).”

    That statement summed up why the local church was failing financially and had seen more than half of the giving units leave. Serving in leadership at that church had become about power and not service to God and others.

    I think we can draw a larger parallel to the leadership of the UMC. Bishops no longer serve the needs of local congregations. Instead they are busy with the business entities of the church while desperately trying to justify their own existence in the church.

    We have to get back to serving God by serving others.

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