Look at Him!

2016.02.11

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
(John 1:29)

Reflection:
At the commencement of Lent it is good to remind ourselves of what it is all about.

Sin separated man and woman from God. Sin has separated each one of us from God. Sin has separated communities and nations from God. Sin has so blinded people that they have both turned away from God and ceased to acknowledge His existence.

“all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

It is because of sin that there is violence and bloodshed around the world. It is because of sin that refugees are streaming away from their homes and countries and seeking help elsewhere. It is because of sin that men, women and children have drowned seeking to cross the Mediterranean Sea. It is because of sin that families have been shattered by violence, death and divorce. It is because of sin that the lives of countless young people have been devastated by drugs, alcohol and sexual abuse. It is because of sin (not necessarily their own) that individuals find themselves lonely and unloved. It is because of sin that we have pain, fear and sickness of hearts, minds and bodies. Sin affects both the sinner and others.

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)

Sin and the consequences of sin are far, far too big for us to deal with – either as individuals or as communities.

It is into a situation such as this that John the Baptist appears and points with prophetic clarity to the Lord Jesus,

“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Look at Him he says. Embrace Him with the eyes of your spirit and your understanding. In this one Person is Love, Hope, Forgiveness, Salvation and Healing. There is no one else. He alone is powerful enough, loving enough and holy enough to deal with the enormity of the individual and communal disaster. He alone and no one else. We can have Christ the Light or the enveloping darkness.

Response:
Look at Him in silent contemplation

Prayer:

Open my eyes Lord that I may see You more clearly both in Spirit and in truth. Amen.

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2 comments on “Look at Him!

  1. Kristi Ann says:

    Amen!! I love your posts!!

    Love Always and Shalom,

    Kristi Ann

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