Today's Scripture John 1:29

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

Many people have become so familiar with the Christmas story that they overlook the reason why God sent His Son into our world.

Many go to Bethlehem’s manger, peer at the baby, chuck Him under the chin and say, “It’s good to see You, Jesus! We’ll check back at Easter.” Merely recognizing Him does not equate to receiving Him.

Peter tells us that Jesus was ordained, from the foundations of the world, as the Lamb of God. Micah recognized Him as Ruler of Israel, future King of kings and Lord of lords.

The Lamb, born in a stable, grew strong in spirit, was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on Him (Luke 2:40). When John saw Him on the Jordan River bank, he cried, “Behold! The Lamb of God!”

John was baptizing for the remission of sins. Jesus waded into a current of judgment, was lowered into a sea of transgression, and was resurrected from the watery grave. God affirmed from heaven: “This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.”

More than just the Babe of Bethlehem, He is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. Do you recognize Him? Have you received Him? Accept this greatest of gifts!