"John stood, and two disciples;
and looking upon Jesus as he walked,
he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
And the two disciples heard him speak,
and they followed Jesus" John 1: 35-37. (KJV)
"Behold the Lamb of God!" These words may seem strange to some people. They are words of testimony by John the Baptist that Jesus was the true God who became man. Because of the content of the above text, it is often used during the Advent season.
Christmas is preceded by four Sundays of Advent. The English term advent comes from a Latin word meaning "coming" and is used primarily to designate a period before Christmas during which "Christians" prepare for the Christmas season and reflect on the meaning of the coming of Christ. Most often we relate Advent to the second coming or second advent of Christ.
As we prepare ourselves during this period of Advent - for this coming Christmas, have we taken the time to reflect on the true meaning of Advent - and Christmas? Or, have we become so wrapped up with the commercialization of the holiday season that all of our time and energies are immersed with running after the sales so that all members of the family will receive an abundance of temporal gifts for Christmas during these trying economic times?
May these words which John the Baptist uttered, "Behold the Lamb of God!" cause us to pause and reflect as to why we are celebrating Christmas. When the two disciples heard these words, they were touched in their hearts and began to follow Jesus. They had believed the words of John the Baptist when he said, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!" John 1:29. The two disciples believed and accepted the glad tidings of the gospel of the forgiveness of sins which the Saviour wanted to proclaim to the world.
The miracle of Christmas night, the birth of Jesus as a man, is a question of faith. Without faith the miracles of God's word begin to lose their true significance. However, God's grace promises have always been steadfast. In the old covenant time they were saved by believing on the promised redemption. Sure and worthy of acceptance is that word which tells us of the reconciliation which took place two thousand years ago: the price is paid, the promise is redeemed.
Jesus is the promised Saviour, for whom the righteous of God are waiting for His second coming. Jesus is the child of Christmas, a Saviour in that home in which righteousness in him is owned by faith. May this message touch the hearts of all who want to accept the good tidings of peace and joy into their hearts, so that it would kindle a desire to seek for God's kingdom here upon this earth.
Dear friend, you who may be seeking for peace of soul and conscience, the gospel of God's kingdom is being offered to you. The proclamation of the forgiveness of sins in Jesus name and blood is freely preached by the children of God. He that seeks shall find, as Jesus said, "And I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find - - - ." Also, Jesus spoke in his sermon the mount, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness - - -." Matthew 6:33.
"Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6)
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