The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! - John 1:29 NASB
This is the declaration John the Baptist makes about Jesus.
I love every nuance in this simple sentence.
For today – I want to take one piece and put it up in neon lights.
“TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD”
Perhaps what he did not say is just as significant.
He did not say Jesus ignores the sin of the world.
He did not say Jesus hides the sins of the world.
He did not say Jesus takes away the sin of the Church.
He did not say Jesus takes away the sin of the world when they repent.
He simply says
Look (behold) the Sacrificial Offering of the Father (Lamb of God) who removes – eliminates –disposes of (takes away) the fallen nature (sin) of all the people on earth (the world.)
Is this universalism – i.e. am I saying that all will live an eternity in heaven in the presence of the Father, and escape the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels?
Nope – not what I said at all.
I am just seeing in John what I see in Paul’s writings.
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. - 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NASB
You see, sin – those rusty chains holding you in the prison-cell of self – have been broken off and taken out of the way [tweet this] – they are gone – the cell door stands open. And the door of that cell leads to the Holy of Holies. That door is Jesus – the veil torn to give men and women access to the throne of grace.
Yes, as we come, we must renounce our sin – we must repent – we must turn away from sin and its slavery and embrace our Father who like the father of the prodigal runs to meet us as we turn toward Him.
Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
Elvian M. Hall 1865
Will you make your way to His throne today? Join me won’t you?
Come back soon