“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 […]
John the Baptist, Christmas Story Devotional
Day 16 – John the Baptist is born.   “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. – Isaiah 43:19         John the Baptist had a remarkable life. He came to make way for the Messiah and to prepare people’s hearts for salvation, though he did not know ahead of time who the Messiah was to be. He lived a simple and humble life in the wilderness, but was feared by […]
John the Baptist, A Christmas Story Devotional
Day 12 – Expect a forerunner. The prophet Malachi gives us the last recorded words that we have from God before the 400-year period of silence begins between the Old and New Testaments. The time was bleak. There were only 50,000 Jewish exiles who had returned to Judah after their captivity in Babylon. But it was not without a sign of hope. With this last prophet’s words, God closes out the Old Testament history and prophecy. Malachi 3:1 “See, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. Then the Lord you seek will […]
Jesus is recorded as saying, “the least in the kingdom of heaven will be greater than John the Baptist, who was the greatest person ever born of a woman.” That is quite a statement.  Jesus made some bold statements in his time, recorded in the New Testament.  They were things no one else would claim or dare to say.  If we focus our attention on these bold,  direct statements Jesus said instead of the little details we sometimes squabble over, our priorities might just change.  So what did Jesus mean by his statement on John the Baptist? The kingdom of heaven is a big deal!  The honor of being accepted as a […]

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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.