SWORD: John 1:29-34

John Testifies About Jesus

I really enjoyed studying this passage and found that the more and more I chipped away at the surface of these verses, the more and more wisdom and self-discovery I realized. Here are some notes I took on verses 29-34:

What does this teach us about God?
-Before Jesus had done anything of note he is singled out as God’s sacrifice. Before he had healed, performed miracles, preached & taught. His mission and purpose was laid out for all to hear.
-In Genesis there was a lamb for a man.  In Exodus there was a lamb for a family.  In Leviticus there is a lamb for a nation.  In John its the lamb for the world. (I didn’t come up with this but am borrowing it…wish I could find the original source).

-A Lamb: tenderness, loving, kind, gentle

-THE lamb: uniqueness: there is only one. No one else like him, only way to heaven/essential for salvation.
-v34: Jesus is God’s chosen one.
What do we learn about people?
-John knew his place, his position, his purpose. John cleared the path, showed people their sin and then revealed the solution to their sin.
-We can prepare the path to God for people like John did. Testify, tell others but let’s not forget our place, position and purpose.
-Be bold in your proclamation, look at John, did he “look” like a “model” citizen
Is there a command to obey?
-Believe in Jesus as the one, our messiah
Is there a command to follow?
-Testify, tell others
– Obey, believe and have faith

The stone that the builders rejected

“Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

1 Peter 2:7-10

Peter constantly reminds us that we are the church! That we must take the church as ourselves and live out the church to our neighbors and family. To the people we work with and the people we pass along the streets. We must be the church, not go to church. We must live as the church.

Peter uses the picture of a stone to describe Christ & to imply our own position. If Jesus was rejected, why would we be accepted? If Jesus offended, why should we appease people? If people stumbled at Jesus’ message, should we be surprised that they trip over ours? The answer is no.

God’s grace appears to us as great. It appears as a terror to the unbeliever in an equal magnitude.

I certainly didn’t commit my life to Jesus to “fit in”. If anything (especially these days), being a Christian is much like being a blue line defenseman, getting checked HARD throughout the game without much ability to drop the gloves and enforce (turn the other cheek please). I’m fine with this, I sure don’t want to find out what God’s penalty box is like so I accept the fact that in today’s society, I am one who is looking to be rejected, not going to fit in very well in the world but that’s ok, I know it gets better.