Isa. 49: 3, 5-6; Psalm 39: 2, 4, 7-10; 1 Cor.1:1-3; John 1:29-34
John calls Jesus the “Lamb of God” and thus signifies Jesus’ mission as the One who redeems us from our sins. How did John know Jesus was the "Lamb of God”? God revealed it to John. Twice, John declared his prior ignorance and twice, John pointed Jesus out. The first time, John stated that he baptized in order to prepare the people for the Greater One [1:31]. At the second instance, John said the "One who sent him to baptize" told him to watch for "He upon whom the Spirit remained." [1:33] Only when God opened his eyes to the truth could John see his purpose in the world: to prepare and declare Jesus as God's Son [1:34].This is our mission, too!
This Gospel shows us the two dimensions of humble witness, the sight of faith and the witness to God's power. Where do you see God working in your life this week? Who have you told about God's activity?
In the Gospel passage (Jn.1:29-34), John the Baptist introduces us to Jesus saying, "This is the Lamb of God, Jesus." It is now up to us to put out our hand and say who we are and allow him to shape our identity in the year to come.
Prayer: O Lord, you are my light and my help! "Lord Jesus Christ, fill me with the power of your Holy Spirit, and let me grow in the knowledge of your love and truth. Let your Spirit be aflame in my heart that I may know and love you more fervently and strive to do your will in all things."
MEMORY VERSE: John 1:29b – “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”