Second Sunday after Epiphany 19 -01-20

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COME AND SEE – John 1.29-42

 

It is indeed a profound event in John’s Gospel. John the Baptist who is calling people to repentance by the river Jordon and baptising people also had his own disciples.

We see two sections in this text. In the first section John the Baptist humbles himself and exalts Jesus. John tells the crowd that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He also says that Jesus ranks higher then him.

In the second section John the Baptist is standing with two of his disciples and he points them to Jesus and for the second time exclaims look the Lamb of God.

In the Old Testament times, the Lamb is used for sacrifice. When people commit sin, they will get a lamb and have the lamb sacrificed in the temple as an act of repentance. Interestingly John introduces Jesus as the Son of God and then as the Lamb of God. The Son of God is going to be slaughtered like a Lamb as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. While John exalts Jesus he also tells the world that Jesus is going to be the sacrificial lamb.

It is really amazing because John not only tells us that Jesus is higher than himself and humbles himself before the people who think so high of him and for which reason they have come to him. He would also let his disciples leave him and follow Jesus. John presents Jesus to the world and also points Jesus to the world that it is him whom the people should follow. He deliberately loses his disciples as they now begin to follow Jesus. The two disciples call Jesus Rabbi and ask him, where do you live. The response of Jesus was ‘come and see’. Jesus invites the disciples of John to come see everything for themselves and experience.

We are reminded today that Jesus Christ whom we proclaim as our Lord is the Lamb of God who gave his life like a sacrificial lamb for our sins. The Lamb of God who was slaughtered is also the victorious Lamb in the book of Revelation.

We are invited to come and see. To follow him and to experience him in our lives. It’s about seeing for ourselves the presence and the power of Jesus in our lives as we follow him devotedly and prayerfully.