"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'"
"Jesus makes it possible for all of humanity to approach God." John sees Jesus and calls him the "Lamb of God," a lamb that takes away the sin of the world, not just the sin of Israelites. What did John mean? This Lamb of God, Jesus, would make it possible for all people to approach God and have an intimate relationship with him – regardless of their history or their heritage. Not long after John made this declaration, Jesus told Nicodemus, a devout religious leader, that God loved the world (not just Israel) so much that whoever would put their faith in him would not perish but have eternal life. Jesus wanted them to understand that faith in him, not their obedience, was the key to entering that relationship. Everyone could have a relationship with him -- regardless of what they had done or where they were from. The same is true today. God cares about each of us – regardless of our past mistakes or present situation. God doesn't want our performance first and foremost, but rather our loyalty. Jesus takes care of the sin issue. Our part is faith in him, as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Set a reminder on your smart phone to remind you three times today that Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away your sin. As you are reminded of this fact, confess out loud that your faith is in Jesus Christ and him alone.
Thank you, God, for giving Jesus, the Lamb of God, to take away my sin. I know I don't deserve it, but I am so grateful that you were willing to go that far to blot out my mistakes. I pray this all in Jesus' name, Amen.