Episode 121: “Look! The Lamb of God…”

December 11, 2023Dave Lambert
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As I’ve mentioned before, when I was growing up, my family always celebrated the Advent season. It was popular in our denomination but many other churches didn’t celebrate it. Each year, we kids put together an Advent wreath made of running pine taken from the woods behind our house, added four candles and set it in the center of our dining room table. It was a very meaningful time for us. It's the season when we wait, preparing for our annual celebration of God coming toward us, God coming near to us in Jesus. It’s important to remember that Advent isn’t about us coming toward God--it’s about God coming to us. Are you celebrating Advent? Are you getting ready? Today, let’s take a few moments and listen to the voice of one person telling us to get ready:

In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!” The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said, “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’” (Matt 3:1-3)

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)

John said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!” The Greek word translated “kingdom” is “basileia.” It can sometimes refer to a location or a place where a king rules, but more often it refers to the fact that a king is ruling. The word has to do with Who the king is and what He does rather than a particular place. In today’s passage, when John the Baptist said that the kingdom of heaven is near, he wasn’t referring to the boundary line between two places; he was talking about how life was about to change for everyone. In the first passage, John said, “the Kingdom of Heaven is near,” but in today’s second passage, when Jesus was coming toward him, listen to his announcement: “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John wanted the people to be prepared to joyfully experience the revealing of the King of the Universe. As John called them, his words still call out to you and me, today. He calls us to repent. Advent is all about preparing ourselves to receive the King. Christmas isn’t just about trees and presents. It’s about the Advent of our coming King.

Are you ready? Have you taken time to repent of your waywardness in order to experience the joy of receiving your coming King? Repent today—your King is coming!

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