Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Behold the Lamb of God

John 1:35-37

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.

"Behold the Lamb of God."

I heard somebody say recently that some of the best sermons ever preached were given only to a handful of people. John's 5 word statement "Behold the Lamb of God" is likely one of the greatest messages ever given. The ramifications of these 5 words are innumerable and the depths of the implications bottomless. John's very life echoed his words and also preached this exact message.

"Behold the Lamb of God."

Are you seeing Him? Are you trying to see Him? Are you digging to find more of that great treasure hidden in a field? Do you want to see more of Him, or have you seen enough? Does your life echo the message preached by John some 2,000 years ago? If not what is your life preaching?

There are many things to do in our day, many things to occupy our time with. Yet there is no greater treasure to pursue, no greater love to be sought. The very same struggle highlighted in the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:42) is something we too often struggle with.

Our hearts are aimed at that which is of most value to us. What is your heart aimed at today? What was it aimed at yesterday? What will it be aimed at tomorrow? There's a story about a rich man who was trying to aim at eternal life, but missed because he would not aim at Jesus and because he was already aiming at what he thought was most valuable, namely his possessions (Matthew 19).

What are you aiming at?

Life is war!

The battle is for the affections of your heart!

Behold the Lamb of God!

I'm writing this today as much to myself as for anyone else who may read it. What is my life preaching? If my life is preaching anything less than behold the Lamb of God, than it's time for some target practice and some "sighting in" of my life.


mwh said...

I often find myself living like Martha--thanks for the reminder to aim for the center of the target!

John said...

"Yet there is no greater treasure to pursue, no greater love to be sought."