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(1) He is the Lamb of God, taking away the sin of the world.
John 1.29 – The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
Jesus saves the anti-godly world out of its fallenness into sin by means of his death on the Cross.
Jesus is the Lamb of the One God, who sets the entire world free from sin.
Jesus is the Lamb of God (see Isaiah 53.7-8) that is led to the slaughter for people like us. He is taken away from this world through the Cross, so our sins may be taken away, too. Praise Jesus!
(2) He is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.
John 1.30-33 – This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
The promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit is part of the Old Testament story of God’s love for us. I especially appreciate Ezekiel 37.14 where it is promised, “I shall put my Spirit within you, and you shall come to life.”
To be baptized is literally to be “immersed.” The Spirit gets all of us, just as baptism water covers our whole bodies. He is above us, before us, and behind us. We literally swim in the presence of the Spirit.
Years ago I read the best description of the Holy Spirit by Eduard Schweitzer: “Everything that Jesus was to his disciples, the Holy Spirit is to us.” Let’s be immersed in that life!
(3) He is the Very Son of God.
John 1.34 – “And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”
Jesus is a man, the Word who has become flesh (see John 1.14 and 30). He is also the Son of God (verse 34).
The Forgiver and Spirit-Giver is no One less than God’s eternal Son, who has come to us in Jesus Christ.
Dear God, as I consider what you have done for all of humanity, I am humbled and in awe of your presence. You have given your very best in an act of love. How often have I taken your immense love for granted. How often have I neglected the presence of your Spirit in my life. I turn to you today, full of appreciation for your abundant love and grace.
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