The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29
One day, John the Baptist was baptising at the river Jordan and Jesus also came to be baptised (Mark 1:9-11). As He approached the river, John immediately recognised Him and declared two things:
- Behold! (look earnestly) The Lamb of God – (He knew this was God’s man)
- Who takes away the sin of the world! (And also recognised His assignment)
If you saw Jesus coming towards you today, would you recognise Him?
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. – John 1:11
He came to his very own people and they did not receive Him because they saw Him as the carpenter and did not recognise Him as the Lamb of God. Most times, He doesn’t come as we expect Him to.
How you see Him will determine how you receive Him. If you see Him as the saviour then you will receive Him as the saviour. If you see Him just as a man, then they will receive Him likewise.
Unless we recognise Him like John did, we cannot clearly define His assignment, His role in our lives and in this world. Jesus is more than just a man that lived in Israel some 2000 years ago. He is the Son of the living God according to (Matt 16:16-17) and He is with us always (Matt 28:20).
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen”
After questioning His disciples about what others thought of Him, Jesus turned the question round to them to find out if they truly recognised Him. Simon was the only disciple who got the revelation of Jesus as the Son of the living God and that truth came by the Father Himself.
It takes God by His Spirit to reveal His Son to us. Otherwise like the disciples, we will only define Him based on our natural senses or what others say, which can be wrong. Jesus wants to reveal Himself to us, but it will take the total submission of our lives to Him before that can happen. Not half of our lives, but all of it.
One day the disciples recognised that they were heading for death as their boat was about to capsize, so they cried out to Jesus for help and He helped them. (Mark 4:38-39)
You can also cry out to Him for help today. Don’t let this moment pass you by. Ask Him to help your life right now and He will.
God bless you.