for Sunday, January 20, 2008
John the Baptist seeing Jesus, pointing to him. "This is the Lamb of God", he says. "Lamb of God." We use that term so often, that it is easy for us to overlook the deep theology and the tremendous love of our God contained in his sending his Son to be the Lamb. The question comes: why? Why did the world need a Savior? Why did Godís son become a man to suffer and die for us?
From the very beginning of the world, all creation was entrusted to human beings. But man, in his selfishness and self-centeredness, perverted the whole purpose for creation. Instead of glorifying God, creation was to be used to satisfy man's selfish needs. But even with this, God still did not take the gift of creation away from man. A man would once more restore creation to God's original plan. Jesus Christ is this man. Mankind's sin was that he was so wrapped up in himself that he had no room for God. He forced the good things of the world to be an end for his selfishness rather than a means of glorifying God.
This is how man perverted God's purpose for creation. As long as man lived like this, true love could not exist in the world. People could not give themselves to others or to another because their only concept of life was to take, not to give. Life, therefore, was meaningless and frustrating. Jesus came to live as the Father wants us all to live. He sacrificed himself completely for others so that we could experience sacrificial love. God's plan for mankind could once more be put into effect since the Son of God became a man. Still entrusted with creation, a man restores the world.
And John the Baptist saw Jesus and proclaimed, "Look, there is the Lamb of God. He is the one who will baptize with he Holy Spirit." Jesus' disciples would be given the power of God to transform the world. They would be given the power to create a new world, a world with a new way of living, the way of sacrificial love. When we say or sing, "Lamb of God" we are reminding ourselves that joining Jesus in sacrificial love is the only way to follow Him.
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