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Formational Reading on the Gospel of John – Week 2: Day 2

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! ..… The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” (John 1:29,35-36, NIV)

Read the above passage SLOWLY at least several times, while listening for a word, phrase or concept that captures your attention. Then reflect on:
  • why God is bringing it to your attention.
  • what God wants you to do with it.

Insights from Classic Writers:

At the sight of Jesus, we would expect John to say. “Behold the lion of the tribe of Judah who devours the sinners of the world!”. Yet John delivered the most vital gospel sermon over given by the lips of man or angel. “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Not the sinners, he said, but the sin. This is redemption. The other course would have been destruction. It is easy to destroy; it requires God to redeem. It is easy to strike; it requires infinite grace to heal. By one strike of His lightning, He could have taken away the sinners, but it required the blood of His great to take away the sin. We are not redeemed with such corruptible things as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God! – Joseph Parker

Let us always contemplate Jesus as the Lamb of God, for He is the grandest subject of thought in the universe. Jesus is God allied to human nature, God the infinite incarnate among the sons of men, God in union with humanity taking human sin, out of stupendous love condescending to be numbered with the transgressors, and to suffer for sin that was not His own. … You may search the heavens above and the earth beneath, but you will find more in the Lamb of God than in all else beside. He is the sum and substance of all truth, the essence of all creation, the soul of life, the light of light, the heaven of heavens, and yet He is greater far than all this. There is no subject in the world so sublime, so vast, so elevating, or so divine. Let me behold the Lamb of God, and my eye sees every precious thing. – Charles Spurgeon

Reflection Questions:
“Look” is also translated as “Behold” in some other versions. “Behold” means to look intensely. Have you looked intensely at Jesus? What have you noticed about Him?
So far, you have learned about the different names of Jesus – the Word, the Life, the Light, and the Lamb of God. How would you introduce Jesus to a non-believer?

Use the bible verses to direct a time of prayer, using its words and your own words to express your thanks and your desires to the LORD.