Day 26: Thursday, 26 March – Nisan 1 5780
The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said: Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I told you about when I said, "Someone else will come. He is greater than I am, because he was alive before I was born."
I didn't know who he was. But I came to baptize you with water, so that everyone in Israel would see him. I was there and saw the Spirit come down on him like a dove from heaven. And the Spirit stayed on him.
John was filled with the Holy Spirit from birth, and it is clear from this recorded encounter with his kinsman Jesus that John is already aware of just who Jesus is. He’d seen it all at Jesus’ baptism. So had many others, but by the Holy Spirit’s revelation in him John understood exactly Jesus’ divinity, his earthly nature and the role Jesus was given by God. Jesus’ disciples were way behind on recognition.
There are two themes that run together. One is that of Passover, but the role of the lamb as a sacrifice to God now becomes more apparent. Think about it – what a strange way it was for John to greet Jesus! It is not a casual greeting when you hail someone as the lamb who will be sacrificed for the sin of the world.
John’s work was done. He had prophesied that One would come. God had not let John down, and John may have got the biggest surprise of his life when Jesus turned up to be baptised and the Holy Spirit had pointed out to John that this was The One.
Could it be argued that John, in his short life, was the greatest of all of Old Testament prophets?
Why does the Bible go on so much about blood? Is it necessary?
How could the younger Jesus be alive when John was born?
Father God, John prophetically saw Jesus for who he was, not only Messiah but also the sacrifice for our sins. Open my eyes to see the Lamb of God who has taken my sins away. In his name. Amen.
Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.