Last Sunday, on the 1st Sunday in Epiphany, we joined the crowds journeying out from Jerusalem and Judea to the wilderness to listen to a man named John preach. His message was, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
And while we were there in the wilderness, we saw lots of people going into the Jordan River to be baptized by John as they were confessing their sins.
And while we were there, we saw One, whose name is Jesus, who came from A DIFFERENT PLACE – He came from Galilee to the Jordan to John to be baptized by him.
And we saw the sky ripped open and the Spirit descending on Him. And we heard the voice of the Father – “this is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17)
Now today, on this 2nd Sunday in Epiphany, we are still in the wilderness. It feels like a whole week has gone by, but really it’s “the next day.” “The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” What are you supposed to do with a word like that?
I suspect we'd know just what to do with a word that said, “Behold, the pill that takes away the weight you gained over the holidays.” Or “Behold, the skin cream that takes away the wrinkles and age spots.” Or, “Behold, the credit card that takes away every excuse for why you can't have it all now.”
But, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” What do you do with a word like that? The fact that you're not sure what to do with a word like this ought to tell you something. Continue reading