The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
In this passage, John calls Jesus the Lamb of God. In the Old Testament, lambs were sacrificed as an offering to God. As we know, Jesus was sacrificed for us on the cross. The question becomes what have I sacrificed for God lately?
Sacrifice is rapidly becoming a foreign concept in our culture. We have become an entitled society. Things that were once considered rewards are now considered rights.
Love demands sacrifice. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God. He paid the ultimate sacrifice in his love for us. Can’t we therefore learn to make some sacrifices for him and for his children around us? Jesus says that if we follow him we should deny ourselves. That means that we should allow Jesus to guide the way we handle things and not ourselves. When we meet someone we don’t like so much or that we know is incredibly different from us, we should still reach out to them even if it makes us uncomfortable. Deny yourself.
Ask yourself – who is it that I know that needs Jesus and needs ne to set aside my dislike for them to point them to Jesus?
– Submitted by Vicki Poli