13 WORDS OF WONDER

Thoughts for this devotional were taken from a letter by Marvin J. Rosenthal written to a friend of mine, who forwarded it to me, which I appreciated.   Thanks… 
 
   John the baptizer was called to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah.  (Isaiah 40:3-4)  
Some times when ancient kings were traveling, they had thousands of their subjects out in front preparing the way to make the pathway straight.  That is: if there were valleys, they were filled in; if there were hills, they were lowered; if there were crooked paths, they were made straight; and if there were rough places (pot holes) they were made smooth.  
 
  Even today, our President hops into a helicopter to speed his trip, avoid traffic. If the journey is too long for a helicopter he will enjoy the plush comfort of Air Force One.   And when he touches down, literally hundreds of attendants will be involved in clearing all obstacles, speeding him in  a bullet-proof limousine from the airport to his meeting place.
 
  However,  this was not spoken of physical obstacles but of spiritual ones.  It was speaking of the valleys of sin; the hills of wickedness, the crooked places of iniquity, and the rough places of disobedience.  These grievous obstacles were to be corrected for the King’s coming.   This was John’s ministry, to prepare his nation, Israel, for the coming of the Messiah.  This is why John so powerfully proclaimed, “Repent (change) for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”   Matthew 3:2 
 
  One day, John with his followers, saw Jesus coming toward them and he uttered those 13 Words of Wonder: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29
John was telling the crowd of people to not take a hasty glance but examine this Jesus carefully.  Check His credentials fully.  Look at His genealogy completely.  This is the ONE who was to come.  He is the Lamb.
 
  The Jews understood that the law required sacrifice of lambs for spiritual purposes.  However, all the lambs they sacrificed were four legged animal lambs.  But, John was pointing out an upright, two-legged human lamb.  They did not understand, that here was the Christ who would be the sacrifice on Calvary. 
Jesus was God’s Lamb.  God’s provision for man’s sins.  This Lamb would take away sin. The Jewish sacrifice of animal lambs was only temporary and limited for the Jews.  Here is the Lamb which would be for the whole world,  People from every nation can come to God through the sacrifice of this Lamb and never, ever, be turned away.   
 
  Thank God for these 13 WORDS OF WONDER.  Take a long, hard look at Jesus and see in Him, THE LAMB OF GOD WHO CAN TAKE AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD, yours and mine, if we will but believe fully in Him.    

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