Submitted by Visitor (not verified) on Wed, 11/01/2012 – 10:00
Year B (2011-2012)
Bible Book: John / Johannes
Verse: 35 – 42
Text: John 1:35-42
(36) “When he saw Jesus walking by. ‘There is the Lamb of God’ he said”
We have a responsibility as the church of the Living God to introduce or expose people to something better. There is a lot of activities happening in life, where people are trying to come up with solutions to problems. Some of these activities are most of the time good and noble, but they always leave this empty gap or space. How often in life do we do things with noble intentions, and with passion and yet we realise that there is still a gap. While God will always bless the fruits of our labour we need to be constantly be reminded that our efforts and activities are not good enough. John preached the Gospel of repentance but he knew that people need something better and that is the Gospel of Love.
(41) “At once he found his brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah”
John only introduced his disciples to Christ (the Messiah) but Simon was introduced to Christ by one of John’s disciples. We have a self-spreading Gospel. All we are, are channels through which the Gospel spreads. What we need to constantly and faithfully do is to introduce people who are close to us to this Gospel of love. In our little corners and areas of operation, it would be very comforting if we can all say “I have found the Messiah” It is only Christ who can really communicate that love to people, all that is needed from us is our availability as tools and channels for God to work His purpose. People are hurt, and devastated in many ways. All our efforts are not good enough. People need the love of Christ, it is that love that brings hope and meaning in a hopeless and a meaningless situation.
May the love of Christ flow through us to reach the people in our homes and communities. That we can only do by pointing people to Jesus the lamb of God. While we do all the activities to help people, our sole purpose is to help them to see Christ in their situations.
Author: Celesi P (Mr)