Read John 1:29-34


The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’  I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.”


And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.  I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” (NRSV)


     —from Pastor Judy Bennett, Island Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Wheeling


            What does this mean to us as we begin the long, spiritual journey within that takes us down that lonesome road and up the hill of  Calvary with our Savior?  Most importantly is the knowledge that there is enough saving power in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the entire world.  There is enough saving power for each of us who confess honestly that we sin and fall short of claiming all that God wants for our lives.


            As we journey toward the cross, Jesus invites us to look straight into His eyes and become totally open to the abundance of the grace that is offered.   Stop the denial!  Shed the excess baggage of the sin that stunts our spiritual growth.  Behold Jesus who takes away our sin!


God of abundant mercy, may we behold you anew

as we journey together in this Lenten season.