“What I am anxious to see in Christian believers is a beautiful paradox. I want to see in them the joy of finding God while at the same time they are blessedly pursuing Him. I want to see in them the great joy of having God yet always wanting Him.” A. W. Tozer

Sermon #85: Look, the Lamb of God!



John is on my mind.

I was reading the Book of John one day and it occurred to me that I should write a small sermon on just two verses that caught my attention.

The first verse says, “When [John] saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’” (John 1:36, NIV).

As I meditated on this verse, I noted two things.

The first is that John was exceedingly excited about Jesus. I could tell by the exclamation mark at the end of his statement that the sight of Jesus simply blew John up. John acted like a kid who was seeing his father after a long period of separation. It's the kind of excitement that one would not be able to contain.

Then a thought came to me saying, “This is how excited I should always be about my Lord!” How true! You and I have to be this excited, always. God expects this of His worshipers. He is never excited about people of low temperature.

I also learnt another great lesson, i.e., if one is excited about Jesus, they cannot afford to keep quiet about Him even if they wanted to. They would find themselves shouting, “Look, the Lamb of God!” I then realized that I too had all along been doing exactly the same thing. For some time I had been writing articles on Jesus and the Kingdom life. That is my way of saying “Look, the Lamb of God!”

You too have a similar obligation. You should always confess Jesus. You should always talk about Him, whether to Christians or non-Christians. You have no option.

This is what happened to those who heard John shout — “When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus,” (John 1:37, NIV). Praise God!

When they heard John shout, the two disciples followed Jesus. This is soul winning. God expects each of us to do the same, to win Him souls.

Other people won us over to Christ. We should in turn do the same for others. “How does one do it?” you might ask. By shouting, “Look!” You can do it your way. John did it his way. However, whatever way one chooses must amount to, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

Is it just the unsaved who need to look? The answer is 'No'.

Christians face various challenges in life. Because of this, some of them take their eyes off Jesus and begin to focus on their challenges, in the process giving undue respect to such challenges. This practice magnifies the challenges and makes them look invincible.

We therefore need to keep pointing Christians to Christ. “Look at Jesus. Never be overwhelmed by your challenges, status in life or any such things,” we should keep reminding them.

It is not every Christian who emerges victorious from a fight with the devil. Victory is for Christians who fix their gaze on Jesus, not those who fix their gaze on their challenges. Those who fix their eyes on their problems continue to face defeat until they revise their focus.

As children of God, we must keep looking at Jesus, whether we are in trouble or at peace, whether we have plenty or little, whether people honor or despise us. That is why we are called Christians.

Look, the Lamb of God!