John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
A few months ago, there was a game circulating on Facebook whereby a friend would list twenty-five interesting but not widely known things about himself and then “tag” you to do the same. I was amazed at how much I didn’t know about the people that I considered to be my “friends.”
When you have to introduce a friend, what do you say about them? If one of your friends were introducing you, what would they say about you? An introduction usually includes a salutation, a relational description, and a personal attribute. For example, “Henry, this is Amber, a friend of mine from school. Amber is studying psychology; she hopes to do research one day.” You get the idea. Now it’s up to Henry to decide how he responds. He can invite a further exchange. “Nice to meet you, Amber. What area of psychology interests you?” Or he can cut off further communication. “Nice to meet you, Amber. I was just on my way out. Goodbye.”
John the Baptist was introducing Jesus to the people who gathered daily to hear John speak. “Look,” he said. “Here comes the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the entire world!” Salutation, description, mission. The people now have a choice. Do they pursue a relationship with the Savior, or do they walk away? When we are introduced to Jesus, we must respond.
“Father, thank you for so clearly placing the choice before us. Help us to see ourselves as we really are, so that we can see you as you really are – a merciful Savior who gave yourself for us. Amen.”
Devotional by Gayle Mills