The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29
Humility has a way of eliminating self-promotion. When Jesus began His earthly ministry, another man was sent by the Lord to announce Him. This man was John the Baptist. John was to prepare the way, to promote the truth, to ready the people for the Lamb of God. A Lamb who would, in humility and weakness, have the power to pay for the sin of the entire world.
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” – Matthew 1:23
The history of spirituality reveals repeated futile attempts of man getting to God. But the true nature of what God did for us is captured in this: He came to us.
The truth is, we were hopeless people left to our own destruction—had not God the Father initiated a rescue mission. The simple, sweet name of that little baby in Bethlehem signified this. “Emmanuel” . . . God with us. The name that is the tectonic shift in our approach to God. He was now with us. He is now with us. He is God incarnate.
Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:16
When you spend time with someone, you see them for who they really are—which makes this simple answer from Peter so dramatic. One of the 12 disciples, one of the three who accompanied Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, when accosted by Jesus with the question “Who do you say that I am?” Peter professes the only acceptable answer: “You are the Christ.”
The sum total of each experience from each hour of each day spent in the presence of this Jesus, led Peter to one conclusion—that Jesus is the Messiah. The deliverer. The one who would set the people free from their sins.
They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. – John 19:3
Jesus was, among other things, the King of the Jews. But the truth can be turned to a farce. A mocking tone can transform a statement from pure to vitriol. This precious title, “King of the Jews,” became a taunt in the mouths of those death-hardened soldiers.
They struck our Lord, spit on him, hammered thorns into his head. This was a King, but not like any king they had seen before. Jesus was the Shepherd King who goes after His sheep. A king who time and time again tried to gather His stubborn, rebellious people. A pursuing, patient, and loving king—even as He was mocked, scourged, and crucified.
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