December 14 - Messiah - John 1:29

Friday, December 14, 2012

December 14 - Messiah - John 1:29

Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.

When Handel closed his theater, he had reached the lowest point in his career.  He left public life completely in 1741. In fact, no one really knew where he was.  Those in London figured he was finished and would never be seen again.  The King didn't care whether he was seen at Court any longer because it seemed he was a failure.

John the Baptist sees Jesus coming toward him and says to the crowd who is there, “Look!”

The Lamb of God comes to us as part of the flock.  But, he also comes as the Passover Lamb who is the offering, the sacrifice, which is set forth for our sins.  John’s message was one of repentance. Before the Lamb of God had even arrived on the scene, John was calling his followers to repent of their sins, to turn back from the things which separated them from God.

During the season of Advent, while we decorate our homes and purchase gifts to share with those we love, we thrill with anticipation as we look to Christmas morning.  But, it is also a time in which we are reminded to prepare our hearts for the coming … not of the Christ-child, but the Messiah as he returns to gather us all into the New Heaven and New Earth.  It is a chance to look forward to the Second Coming of Christ.

We have much to be thankful for. Our sins have been taken away by the sacrifice of the One who will come to judge us in the last days.  He is our salvation.