Finding his living place.

When we read the scripture where God asked Abraham to kill his son for the sake of his faith in God we may feel that God behaved very cruel to very old father. Indeed the godliness is not in requesting the life of Abraham’s son but it is in finding a lamb for him to kill for his God. Simply that is what God did when he send his only Son to earth. He find a lamb to be killed for the human being, nothing but himself. There was nothing of greater wonder ever seen than that God Himself should provide the Lamb for the burnt offering, that He should provide His only Son out of His very bosom, that He should give the delight of His heart to die for us. Angels admire and marvel at this mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh; they have never left off wondering and adoring the grace of God that gave Jesus to be the Sacrifice for guilty men.

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God is a mystery, we know him up to what Jesus taught us, up to what Holy Ghost teach us. But the act of Holy Ghost in itself is a mystery, as “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.” John 3:8 And so is the mystery of God in the body of Man. He whom God has provided to be our Saviour is both God and man; He can lay His hand upon both parties. ‘Behold’, in the Latin, ‘ecce’, is a note of admiration, of wonderment, of exclamation. So Behold Him, then, with wonder, and behold Him with thankfulness.

When the Baptist showed Jesus as a Lamb of God there is another dimension. “They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed.” Psalms 34:5. John is telling everyone that the saviour of Israel is not a king as they expected but he is a lamb which should be killed for them and should be raised for them on cross, as Moses’ bronze serpent, where someone looked to the bronze serpent, he lived. Numbers 21:9. Expectation of an entire race is turned upside down, expectation of a mighty King, but for those who believed in the God’s plan the entire happenings are full of hope as John said: ‘But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God’ John 1:12.

It may be strange enough to say this event resembles in a wild manner the marriage event. During the sacrament of Matrimony church believes that there are three people present in the sacrament, Christ, Bride and Bridegroom. What Christ might be saying to the bride and bridegroom in that occasion will be same as what the Baptist said ‘Behold, the Lamb of God’. In more detail, ‘here is the person who is ready to live with you and sacrifice own life for your prosperity, here is the person who will walk with you through the road to salvation’. But our expectation goes wrong, the life is not what we expected and what we expected is not what God decided.

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Further this reading telling us of victory through the Lamb of God: “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb”. Revelation 12:11. The Lamb is a great warrior, there is none like Him. Is He not the Lion of the tribe of Judah? Though He be gentle as a lamb, yet against sin and iniquity He is fiercer than a young lion when it roared on its prey. If we follow Him, hold fast His truth, believe in His atonement, and perpetually proclaim His gospel, we shall overcome all error, and all sin, and all evil.

Jesus’ question to his first disciples is really interesting: “What do you seek?” John 1:38. That means, it is not simply following an extra ordinary man but the people following him are seeking something while following him and it is the extra ordinary man’s living place: “where are you staying?”. Jesus answered: “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day. Interestingly these are the steps in formation of a disciple, first someone find Jesus a good enough person to follow, then decide to follow him and decide to find him how he live in his place and decide to live with him. Jesus is not telling them where is his home because there is more to understand, more to see and live to be a disciple and follow him till his death on the cross. “If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him” John 12:26.

The question ‘where are you staying ‘will dry out in advanced stages of discipleship. At one point of following him we demand what Philip asked: Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” But the point we understand that the one we follow is the one we ‘seek’, the answer is clear “He who has seen Me has seen the Father”. This does not simply understand that Jesus is God, as Satan do the same, but as Jesus pray : “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us”. John 17:21. Be one in God is the ultimate reality for a God seeker, for a Christian there is nothing more valuable than that. Being in God we cant act anything more or less what God acts , so that we will do the same things He is doing. John 14:12.

 

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.

 

 

 

 

 

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