The Son of God, the Son of Man, the Ancient of Days, Emmanuel, the Good Shepherd, the Holy One of Israel, the Light of the World, the Way, the Truth and the Life, the Living Water, the Root of Jesse, the Lion of Judah, the Rock of our Salvation.
These are just a few of the names by which we know Jesus, our Savior. We could spend every week in our sermon time talking about the names of Jesus and stay busy for a year.
But today we’re going to spend some time talking about another particular name of Jesus: the Lamb of God.
This term is one of the very oldest for Jesus. It comes straight from our gospel lesson today.
In John 1:29, John the Baptist cries out when he first sees Jesus coming up to town, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!”
Now consider this for a moment.
John the Baptist is not a gentle person and it seems odd that he would choose such a gentle sounding name to proclaim the Messiah’s arrival.
John eats locusts and tells the people if they do not repent they will be burned with unquenchable fire.
He gets everyone all worked up and excited and then Jesus arrives and John announces, “Behold the Lamb of God.”
I just would have expected something with a little more punch to it. Continue reading