“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 year an unblemished lamb was sacrificed during Passover, as a remembrance when God had provided a lamb to Abraham for […]
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 King Herod because of his influence, and was later beheaded by him. The first century Jewish historian, Josephus, who wrote […]
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 suddenly come to His temple, the Messenger of the covenant you desire— see, He is coming,” says the Lord of […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope 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. Her stories of life, hope, and everyday faith show how we can experience real faith in our daily lives.