|John 1:29-34||Read Online|
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
I’m notorious for getting distracted as I search for something. I’ve learned a little more focus through the years. However, as a preteen, I was a disaster.
My mother detested when I’d come home from school with a project that required extensive Dictionary or Encyclopedia work. I’d always find something else on my way to my search for what I was supposed to be looking for.
She’d sigh when I’d say, “Mom, did you know that…(fill in blank with some interesting fact that was anything other than that which I was supposed to be engrossed in). And she’d often have to remind me that the search had gotten off target by asking the question, “Amy-Jo, what are you looking for again?”
Today’s passage begins with John declaring what he’d pursued his whole life: “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Throughout his whole life, he knew he had a mission, a pursuit, to “prepare the way” for the Messiah. In this passage, it’s clear he recognized that Jesus was the answer to his pursuit.
The passage continues with John pointing out his discovery to anyone who was around him. The phrase that John used to point out Jesus to the world was one that would’ve painted images of Passover in the minds of the listeners. They were well-versed in knowing lambs as sin offerings.
So when John announced Jesus as the Lamb of God, it was evident he was proclaiming Christ as the Savior—the Messiah they’d been waiting for. The one perfect sacrifice to take care of all of their sins was here. It was Jesus.
- In response to John’s declaration of Jesus being the Lamb of God, two disciples began following Jesus. He noticed them, so he asked the same question my mom asked me often while I was growing up, “What are you looking for?” (John 1:38). He wanted the disciples to identify what search they were on. Were they really looking for the Savior or were they temporarily distracted by curiosity? Jesus wanted them to admit they needed a savior, not a sideshow. What about you? Are you following Jesus because you believe He’s the Savior? Or are you just following Him when other people are? Or just on Sundays? Is Jesus a sideshow pursuit for you, or is He the pursuit that defines you?
- Why do you think John used the imagery of a Passover lamb attached to the proclamation of Jesus as Savior? How would this have impacted a Jewish audience who had spent hundreds and hundreds of years with a sacrificial system to deal with their sin?
- Jesus has offered atonement as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. I’ve heard atonement broken down into: at-one-ment. Because of Christ’s atonement, we can now experience “at-one-ment” with God, which is a pretty amazing gift. Today, as you reflect on this gift that Christ came to give to us, take a few moments to answer the same question the disciples were asked by Jesus: “What are you looking for?”