“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) What a bold statement! John the Baptist made this statement when he saw Jesus coming toward him. The word “Behold” in Biblical times was a strong word meaning “Wow, Look, don’t miss this!” And it was certainly bold to declare someone as one who “takes away the sin of the world.” Not just for a righteous few, or just for the Jews, but for the world – sins wiped clean, forgotten. Grace for all. A lamb would also have special meaning to the Jews. Each […]
The Apostle Paul describes Jesus as the unspeakable or indescribable gift in one of his letters: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15 It is indescribable because there is no other gift as perfect or as valuable as the sacrifice of God’s perfect son for our sins. It is a gift from God and a gift of Grace. It is not given away by law or deeds, it is purely Divine. This gift is available to anyone and everyone who wants it, but a gift cannot be forced on the recipient, it must be accepted. It […]
There is so much beauty and majesty this time of year – from the colorful leaves to the pristine, white snow. It seems appropriate that the Savior of the world would be called the “Firstborn over all Creation”. Jesus did not first arrive as a baby in a manger. Jesus was not created but has always been. The Apostle Paul describes Jesus this way: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or […]
Then Jesus arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39) With one word, Jesus commanded peace over nature. Only the Prince of Peace could do that. And only Jesus can create peace in our hearts. “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.” (John 14:27) “Our world is filled with fear, hate, lust, greed, war, and despair. Surely the second coming of Jesus Christ […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.