Scripture Song of John 1:29

“Behold The Lamb Of God”

Commentary on John 1:29

by Hebron Christian Fellowship

John the Baptist, the man who spoke these words, is probably not the best-known character in the Bible. It might surprise some to learn, therefore, that Jesus declared that no greater prophet than John had ever lived (Matt. 11:11). Neither Abraham, Moses, David, nor Elijah was greater in the eyes of God than John the Baptist, a man who wrote no books, pronounced no laws, ruled no kingdoms, and worked no miracles. Just what was it, then, that made John so great?

Part of the answer can be found in Matthew 18:4, where Jesus explained to his disciples that whoever would humble himself as a little child would be considered the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. Perhaps, more than any other man, John became great by humbling himself into nothingness. When invited by the Pharisees to identify himself as a prophet, he refused, declaring that he was merely "the voice of one crying in the wilderness" (John 1:22-23). He took no pride in his calling as the forerunner of the Messiah, but described himself as unworthy to unlace the sandals of his Lord (Luke 3:16). When his own disciples came to him with reports of the success of Jesus' ministry, John expressed his right heart one final time with the memorable statement, "He must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:30). And decrease he did, until finally, his work complete, he disappeared from the scene altogether.

Why was John such a great man? Because his entire life was what all of ours should be: a giant red arrow, pointing to Jesus Christ. "Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."

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John 1:29

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  1. ... Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.