Today’s reading from the Gospel of John is remarkable (John 1:29-34), packed with powerful ideas that amplify the awesome nature of Jesus Christ.

In just 5 verses, John the Baptist reveals a powerful summary of the whole Gospel.  And he does it in a way that is mysterious and prophetic.

“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.”  There is much here:

How does John the Baptist originate the idea of the Lamb of God to describe Jesus?  How does John the Baptist receive the prophetic message that Jesus will indeed be killed like a Lamb?   Here’s how:

“I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him.  I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘ He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy spirit.”  Another verse, packed with amazing revelation:

“I have seen and have borne witness that this is Son of God” – Astounding:

We are left to ponder: Do I accept the Lamb of God?  Do I accept that Jesus is indeed the Son of God?  Have I bore witness to the Son?  Big questions, these.