John bears witness that he is not the Christ. The One who is to come will baptize with the Holy Spirit. John is the first to give Jesus the title, “Lamb of God.” The sacrificial Lamb appears to lose when He is crucified. But that is not the end of the story.
Eddie Fox was the General Secretary of World Methodist Evangelism. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the communist governments of Eastern Europe, he observed a sign placed in the churchyard of a little Methodist church in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The sign went up the very first day after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It read: “The Lamb Wins!” Fox notes: “Not the bear, not the lion, not the tiger. But the Lamb—the Lamb wins!” (as quoted by Dr. Hal Brady, 21 May 1995, Dallas, TX)
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for sending John to announce the coming of the Lamb of God who does take away the sin of the world. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.
Statue on bridge in Prague