John 1:19-34; 1 Chronicles 7-8; Zephaniah 3
There are turning points in history that we look back on and wonder what would have happened if these had not occurred. How would the world be different? Some we look at through the lens of history such as the sinking of the Lusitania, the bombing of Pearl Harbor or the dropping of the atomic bomb. Some we have experienced such as the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Usually the events that we see as world changing are great tragedies that force us to respond in ways that accentuate our baser instincts that we wish we didn’t have to show. John describes a world changing event that has the ability to bring out our best: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’” (John 1:29)While the execution of Jesus would reveal the worst instincts in man, His death would be the source of life for all who turn to Him. It was the death of the Lamb of God that brought forgiveness for our sin and took away our eternal punishment. It was the death of the Lamb of God that allowed us to have a restored relationship with God. It was the death of the Lamb of God that allowed us to rise above our sin and become gracious, loving and caring towards all people – whether or not they agreed with us. The arrival of the Lamb of God in the world changed history for the better and keeps on changing it for the better. That is an amazing gift from God – and an amazing responsibility. So keep on changing the world, one person at a time, by living and loving as if your sin was taken away.
Lord, Thank You for Jesus! Thank You that Jesus came to earth and suffered and died so that my relationship with You could be restored – and not only mine, but that also of each and every person. Let my life and my words be so in tune with You that they will want to see their world changed too.