Monday, 28 March 2022
“We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” -John 1 : 45
John’s Gospel is unique in its introduction of Jesus and in today’s reading portion we have four first introductions—
John the Baptist who found Jesus as the ‘Lamb of God’ Vs-36; the first disciples saw Jesus as the ‘Messiah’ Vs-41; Philip calls Jesus as ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph’ Vs-45, and Nathanael saw Jesus as the ‘King of Israel’ Vs-49.
Many people have known Jesus as a historical character in the books of Bible and but have failed to experience Him as God-incarnate sent to earth. Some think that Jesus’ existence was only during His life on earth like any other “good man” who came and lived a good life sharing many good principles to follow. They care much less, having their own concept, trying no further to search for the truth from God’s Word.
Let’s get to know Jesus through the above names:
THE LAMB OF GOD
The symbol of the lamb has its roots in the Old Testament, where animals were sacrificed for atoning sin and it was a shadow of Christ. Jesus is called the Lamb of God because He is the perfect and complete sacrifice offered to God for our sins. In 1Peter 1:18-19 we are told, ‘’you were ransomed… not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb.” There is no need for us to offer a sacrifice because Jesus died for our sins to make us right with God. Hebrews 10:14 says: “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Because He was sinless, Jesus could take our place and die for our sins. Because He was the Son of God, He could die for the sins of the whole world.
The word comes from a Hebrew word ‘mashiach’ which means ‘anointed one’ or ‘chosen one’. The Old Testament predicted a coming Deliverer, chosen by God to redeem Israel. The Jews called this Deliverer as ‘Messiah.’ Though many of the prophecies they knew pointed to Jesus as their Messiah, many failed to believe in Him because their expectation was different. The ultimate evidence that Jesus was indeed the promised Messiah was His resurrection from the dead.
JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE SON OF JOSEPH
This description given by Philip is how people knew Jesus before they learned about His deity. They were ignorant about His birth in Bethlehem. It’s legally true but not factually. Unfortunately even today many think as Philip did. They chose to label Him as the son of a carpenter who lived an exemplary life.
Nathanael recognizes who Jesus is because of the knowledge Jesus had of him. He is verbalizing his recognition of Jesus’ authority over him and his submission to Christ. But today we understand that Jesus is the King of Kings, who is willing to reign in our hearts now if you let Him and will one day come to rule as King for all eternity.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:5) - He was a Lamb for us, He is our Messiah and He will be King, who will rule over all when he comes back to earth. For us- our yesterday is gone, tomorrow is yet to come- but as we live today, let’s receive this Messiah into our hearts who will take all of our sins— forgiving and delivering us from the bondage of sins and will take us to eternity when He comes back as King of kings!
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I invite you to be my Saviour and King. Rule over my life today and always! Amen.