What was John the Baptist’s main message? What was John the Apostle’s main message? What was Paul’s main message? What should be our main message?
The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
John the Baptist “came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.” What did his witness consist of? His main message was that Jesus is “the Lamb of God.” The Father sent His Son to live a perfect righteous life—to be our unblemished, spotless Lamb—and then He offered Him as our sacrifice: “Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief” (Isa. 53:10).
In Acts we read: “For truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place” (Acts 4:27-28). God offered His Son as our Lamb.
Paul emphasized that which is “as of first importance”—the gospel. He wrote to the Corinthians: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures . . .” (1 Cor. 15:3-4). That was his most important message throughout his ministry.
The reality of Jesus as God’s Lamb is everlasting. In revelation we read: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Rev. 7:9-10).
Indeed, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Rev. 5:12).
The Devotional Writer
P.S. Coming soon: “Battling Sexual Temptations and Sins: Overcoming through God’s Word and Spirit.”