the Lamb of God"
the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29.
John had by nature the faults and weaknesses common to humanity; but the touch
of divine love had transformed him. When, after Christ's ministry began, the
disciples of John came to him with the complaint that all men were following
the new Teacher, John showed how clearly he understood his relation to the
Messiah, and how gladly he welcomed the One for whom he had prepared the way.
man can receive nothing," he said, "except it be given him from
heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but
that I am sent before him. . . . This my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must
increase, but I must decrease." John 3:27-30.
in faith to the Redeemer, John had risen to the height of self-abnegation.
He sought not to attract men to himself, but to lift their thoughts higher
and still higher, until they should rest upon the Lamb of God. He himself
had been only a voice, a cry in the wilderness. Now with joy he accepted silence
and obscurity, that the eyes of all might be turned to the Light of life.
are true to their calling as messengers for God will not seek honor for themselves.
Love for self will be swallowed up in love for Christ. They will recognize
that it is their work to proclaim, as did John the Baptist: "Behold the
Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29. They
will lift up Jesus, and with Him humanity will be lifted up. . . .
of the prophet, emptied of self, was filled with the light of the Divine.
. . . He bore witness to the Savior’s glory. . . . In this glory of
Christ, all His followers are to share. . . . We can receive of heaven's light
only as we are willing to be emptied of self. We can discern the character
of God, and accept Christ by faith, only as we consent to the bringing into
captivity of every thought to the obedience of Christ. To all who do this,
the Holy Spirit is given without measure. In Christ "dwelleth all the
fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him." Col. 2:9,
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