We all have these moments reading the Gospels where we just have to stop. Something about Jesus, whether a parable, a miracle, or a response to him, captures our attention, and we can’t look away. We are captivated by him.
Over at The Gospel Project’s blog, we’re starting a new series called “Beholding Jesus,” which is all about these kinds of moments. Yesterday, I shared one that gets me every time I read it:
I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to have been standing in the crowd as John the Baptist preached. As he warned all within earshot to flee from the wrath to come, to live just and honest lives as they awaited the coming of the Messiah, God’s promised Rescuer. And then, finally, to have heard him say, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 CSB)
“Here is the Lamb of God,” or as some translations say, “Behold the Lamb of God” (ESV). This was an incredible moment. Centuries of anticipation, of studying the Scriptures and examining the prophecies handed down from the likes of Isaiah, Zechariah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and more besides. Of hearing God’s promise to deliver His people and place David’s heir on a throne that would last forever. The pressure had been building. Some had given up. Others kept the faith. They knew God would deliver on His promise. They knew He would send His Rescuer. And then, John cried out, “The One we’ve been waiting for, the One God promised from the very beginning—there He is!”