The Lamb of God


"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! This is he of whom I said, "After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me." I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.'” - John 1:29-31

I know some friends who believe being a Christian means never questioning or having doubts; believing the same things all the time without question. I also know some who believe it means following this cosmic book of rules out of fear of punishment. Today’s name for Jesus, “the Lamb of God,” may offer us a clue to the truth. Lambs used to be offered as sacrifices to God against their will. However, Jesus willingly sacrificed himself for us out of unconditional love.

In his book, "The Crucified God," German theologian Jürgen Moltmann said that through Christ, God suffered “the eternal death of the godless and the godforsaken, so that all the godless and the godforsaken can experience communion with him.” The name, “Lamb of God,” confesses that in the crucifixion and resurrection event, God reaches out across eternity and embraces each and every one of us, even the worst person we could possibly imagine.

Who are the people you need to reach out to in your life?

Eternal God, you first died for the victims, then also for the executioners. Help me to love today even those I don’t think I can love, with your help. In the name of the Lamb of God. Amen.
Sep 26 2017