Behold, the Lamb of God!
We’ve all heard about the tragedy in Charleston, SC. What may have been more shocking than the actual wrong doing of the perpetrator were the words of forgiveness by the families of the victims. How could the family possibly respond in that way? Only people who have beheld the lamb of God can do what they did. When John the Baptist cried out, ““Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”, he was announcing arrival of the Messiah! Jesus lived the perfect life as the lamb of God, who was slain so that the sins of his people would be transferred on his head, paying for our penalty in full so that we could be forgiven, reconciled to the Father, adopted into his eternal family, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit.There is only one sacrifice that will take away our sin, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Where the fire has burnt once, it cannot burn twice – this is the gospel. Judgment that fell on Christ for us once cannot fall on us again. There is a present response that is required. God is not fooled by fake confessions. He can distinguish and discern between those who are trifling with Christ and those who actually trust Him. The judgment passes over only those who have trusted Him, which is evident in how the they follow the True King of their lives. If we are in Christ he will make us look more like him and he surely will do it. Jesus is heaven’s center piece, which means there is judgment for those who reject the Lamb and joy for those who receive Him. This light momentary of affliction is working in us and producing for us an eternal weight of glory, as we look to the things that are unseen. When we don’t give up, we cannot fail. Our responsibility is to get up, and when we do that, it’s because Jesus himself is actually carrying us along to the finish line. Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! You can listen to this message on John 1:29 by Pastor Mike HERE!
Sports Camp Starts TODAY (6/22) and it will go on until Thursday (6/25) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, and we are still in need of volunteers! Even if you can come for half an hour, please come by to love on and serve the children in our neighborhood!