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John pointed at Jesus: What are you pointing at?

Tetteh-Annor Larbi | February 1, 2024 | John 1:35-36

 


KEY VERSE:

When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the lamb of God!” John 1:36 (NIV)

 

MESSAGE:

Today we encounter an important moment as John the Baptist points to Jesus and declares, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" This simple yet profound act of pointing reveals a deeper truth about the purpose of John's ministry and serves as a powerful reminder for us today.

 

We can see from earlier verses that John's pointing gesture was a habit and symbolizes his role as a witness to the truth of Jesus Christ. He directs attention away from himself and towards the Savior, acknowledging Jesus' preeminence and authority. In a world filled with distractions and competing voices, John's singular focus on Jesus is a model for us as believers today.

 

As followers of Christ, we are called to emulate John's example by pointing others to Jesus. In a culture that often prioritizes self-promotion and personal agendas, we are challenged to shift our focus away from ourselves and towards the one who is the true source of hope and salvation. Our words, actions, and lives should all point to Jesus as the ultimate answer to the deepest longings of the human heart.

 

So, what are you pointing to? Are your words and deeds drawing attention to yourself, or are they directing others towards Jesus? Let us follow John's lead and make it our mission to point people to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In doing so, we participate in the eternal work of inviting others into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Do a self-check and see where your life goals are pointing to. How many people have your life pointed to Christ in this month? Think of what you can do practically to direct people to Christ. Make a small change in your activities to point someone to Christ today.

 

PRAYER: I praise you, heavenly father, daily as I live and often as I breathe. May my whole life be expressions of your grace. May I point all men to Jesus in my words and deeds. This I pray. Amen.

 

THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: LAMB OF GOD The term "Lamb of God" in the Greek text is translated from "Ἀμνὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ" (Amnos tou Theou). "Ἀμνὸς" (Amnos) refers to a lamb, and "τοῦ Θεοῦ" (tou Theou) translates to "of God."


In John 1:36, John the Baptist declares Jesus as the "Lamb of God" as he sees Jesus approaching. The context implies a connection to sacrificial symbolism, which is significant in the Judeo-Christian tradition. "Lamb of God" is a profound messianic title, emphasizing Jesus' sacrificial role. This title echoes Old Testament imagery, particularly the Passover Lamb in Exodus, symbolizing deliverance and redemption.


The use of "Lamb" connects to the sacrificial system in the Old Testament, foreshadowing Jesus as the ultimate sacrificial Lamb. John's proclamation anticipates Jesus' sacrificial death, highlighting His role in atoning for sin and bringing salvation.

Reflections:

How does understanding Jesus as the "Lamb of God" impact your appreciation of His sacrificial work on the cross and the concept of redemption in your faith journey?

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