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The Lamb of God, John 1:29-34

10th Mar 2019

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” (NRSV)

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This picture shows the recent efforts of two 13 year old girls to raise funds for their local old people’s home and what a great job they did making all the sheep pegs, raising  money for a worthy cause and not forgetting the beautiful hand written sign.

We often picture lambs in the spring time as a new life, small and vulnerable until they are soon strong enough to gambol around a field and grow up to provide milk, meat and even wool for our day to day needs.

In John 1 v 29-34, John the Baptist is proclaiming Jesus as ‘the Lamb of God’.  There are many references in the Old Testament of lambs being sacrificed as atonement for the sins of the people.  After this goes on and on with the people of the time growing further and further away from God, in his love for us, He sends His one and only Son Jesus.  Jesus, who comes to earth as new life, small and vulnerable and grew up to ultimately pay the penalty for our sin through his painful and humiliating death on the Cross.  Now we have the joy of having a Saviour and friend not just for day to day life but for eternal life.

As we take a moment at this time of year to reflect on Jesus as the sacrificial “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (v29), the one who was “oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth, he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7), it’s good to be reminded of the cost to our heavenly Father and feel afresh the joy of our salvation. It’s a blessing to know that if we’ve accepted Jesus as our Saviour we have a friend, who will stick closer than a brother (Proverbs 18: 24) not just for this life but for eternal life. . . and it doesn’t even cost £1.50!

Marjory Mair, St John's Consultant