“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 […]
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 continued his conversation with the Pharisees, “Listen to another parable..”, he replied. Jesus had just finished telling the Pharisees the parable of the two sons, and how the tax collectors and prostitutes would enter the kingdom of heaven before them because they had believed and repented. Jesus kept trying to get the Pharisees to understand. Pleading with them. Jesus did not want to see His chosen people miss the point and miss heaven, just because they were trying to hold on to a very short timeline of earthly power. Jesus tells the parable of a vineyard owner and the tenant […]
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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.