Breathtaking

1 Feb

It all started with one breathtaking statement. John the Baptist is with two of his disciples. He sees Jesus walking by and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God” (John 1:35). In all likelihood, these same disciples had heard him make the same proclamation earlier regarding Jesus, but adding the astounding qualifier, “…Who takes away the sin of the world” (vs.29).

  • When John spoke the word “behold,” it was as if he was breathless from what he knew of Jesus. He had literally seen the Spirit of God descend from heaven and rest on Jesus – his cousin! That event and family tie in and of themselves would be breathtaking!
  • But he also knew that Jesus’ life was spotless, just like the sacrificial lamb was to be for the atonement of sin (vs.30-34). He was declaring that this blameless Son of God was going to die for sin! Breathtaking!
  • Not only was He going to die, but His death would take away the sin of the world! One sacrifice for all people for all time. No need for yearly sacrifices of atonement. A blow your mind, take your breath away statement!

So amazed by this statement were John’s disciples that they started to follow Jesus. He turned around and asked them what they wanted. “Where are You staying?” They wanted to know where He lived, where He lived life, HOW He lived life. Jesus gave the invitation, “Come, and see.” Simply breathtaking!

After a day of being in His presence, Andrew (one of the two) wanted to find his brother to tell him about Jesus. He declared Jesus to be the Messiah, the Anointed One, the King to his brother Simon. Andrew had put two and two together. The Lamb of God John had pointed out, was the Son of God, who was the Messiah! He had spent the day with the Messiah! He had to share it. This was breathtaking news.

Simon came with Andrew to meet Jesus. With one look, Jesus changed Simon’s life forever. Simon was now going to be called Cephas (Peter). Jesus saw in Peter that he could be a rock, a stabilizer, a foundation-builder. Though he was not there yet, Jesus knew that in Him (Jesus) and by the Spirit of God, Peter would become such a man. He gave Peter new purpose for living. I can only imagine that Peter left Jesus that day with breathtaking excitement over what his future would be.

But it all started with one breathtaking statement: “Behold, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world!”

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