Pastor's Note

February 2023

The next day he (John the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, Behold, 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 before me, because he was before me.’  I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”  The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”  The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus… —John 1:29-31, 35-37  

John the Baptist spent his life seeking to do God’s will.  Miraculously born, dedicated to God, and living in the wilderness, John grew to know God and gave his life to serve him.  John yielded his will to God so well that Jesus said about him that there was never a greater person born than he.  He gave his life seeking not his own needs, but to serve his God.  He was a signpost, pointing beyond himself to the great Lamb of God who would offer himself as a sacrifice for sin.

When Jesus came walking past John with two of his disciples in Bethany, John pointed Jesus out and declared:  “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” on at least two occasions, urging his disciples to simply behold Jesus.  They did, and their lives were never the same.  The first and most important step to drawing closer to Jesus is to simply look at him and consider who he is and what he has done.  Consider that he did it for you.  Look at Jesus.  See Him.  Think about his life.  See him as the Lamb, nailed to the cross, looking deeply into your eyes out of love.  See him doing this for you.  That will be enough.  It will change your life.  Andrew was never the same after that look at Jesus.  Nor was his brother, Peter, who he immediately shared the news with.

Lent is our annual time to behold the Lamb of God.  Spend time studying the passion of Christ, found in each gospel.  Imagine the scenes you read and put yourself in the picture.  Where do you see yourself in the picture?  You are one who beholds and comes to Jesus.  Nothing else will do for you.  Behold the Lamb of God taking away your sin.

This Lent we will seek a deeper understanding of the Lamb in many ways  – in worship, Bible Study, service, fellowship, and personal devotion.  One new way we will seek to behold him will be in the movie series “The Chosen.”  We will be watching part of the series and studying that part in our bibles during Bible Study.  Our goal is simply to behold the Lamb of God in a new way; to consider again how amazing his love is and how much more we are called to in our lives.  Those who behold him will be drawn to him more deeply.  We seek to be transformed by coming to see Jesus.  We want to come and see and look again at the familiar story that gives us life.  We seek to draw closer to him that our lives may look more like that of John the Baptist.  We, too, would be signposts pointing beyond ourselves to Jesus.  This is our greatest opportunity in life.  Nothing else we do will have such impact. 

When Andrew and the other disciple came to look at Jesus, he invited them deeper.  “Jesus saw them following and said:  “What are you seeking?”  And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.”  You and I have no greater invitation than to come and see Jesus again.  Join us as we seek to grow closer and give more.  Come and see.  Come and serve.  Come and worship.  Come and study, seek, and learn.  Join your family on the journey to Easter.  Come and behold the Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world.  Come and be changed.

I’ll see you in Church,

Mike