“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 […]
It’s hard to wrap my head around the events of the last four months. Just when I think I have it figured out, or the experts tell me they have it figured out, it all changes. Is it too much news, the wrong news, or do we refuse to look at our reality? I have friends that fall into all three categories, and depending on their viewing area, there can be many different answers to many different problems. Unlike Coronavirus, which we can largely hand over to the scientists and doctors to figure out, hatred and self-centeredness are much more […]
Jesus only mentions one sin that will not be forgiven – blasphemy against the Spirit. Jesus warns, “He who is not with Me is against Me. Any sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” Matthew 12:30-31 This is a very specific statement from Jesus, so it is important, even life-critical, that we understand exactly what this blasphemy is and what it is not. In this story about Jesus, the Jewish leaders or Pharisees are accusing him of being an evil spirit or the devil himself. This is one of the biggest […]
Which is easier – to forgive someone’s sins, or to heal their physical body? We have medical doctors, medicine and hospitals that can do great things today to heal the body, but we still only have one person who has ever claimed to be able to forgive your sins for eternity, and that is Jesus. No other person, no matter what religion or belief, has ever even attempted to make that claim. And that one single claim is the difference, and it’s a big difference. It’s worth checking out the person who made this claim. Jesus had no agenda of […]
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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.