There was once a time when the world knew not of its Savior. Yet there was hope because it had been foretold that a child would be born and called Emmanuel – God is with us. In Lent, we prepare for his coming anew. During this season, we discover for ourselves the call of salvation and the promise of eternal life.
Lent 2017: 40 Days to Faith
The leadoff man in baseball, the point guard in basketball, and the fullback in football all share a common trait: they setup a teammate for a scoring play. The leadoff man gets on base to allow a teammate to drive home the winning run; the point guard passes the ball to a player to make a last-second basket; the fullback leads the way for the running back carrying the ball to score a fourth-quarter touchdown. These are the teammates who prepare the way for another player to be the star.
There was a man named John who was born of Zechariah and of Elizabeth, the cousin of Mary. He wore camel hair and leather and ate locusts and honey. He became popular among the people. They asked if he was a prophet. He said he was not, that he wasn’t worthy of such acclaim. Then he said:
“I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, make straight the way for the Lord.” (John 1:23)
John was the ultimate teammate. He was born to set the stage for ‘one greater to follow.’ He focused attention on the man who was sent to be the light of the world. In the River Jordan, John baptized with water to wash away sins and to prepare the newly christened for the one who would baptize with the Holy Spirit. John denied himself and sacrificed his life in order to prepare the way for the chosen one. And when the day of the coming of the Lord was finally at hand, John the Baptist proclaimed to the world:
“Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36)
During these days of Lent, we prepare for the coming of one greater than all, the one of whom John spoke.
Behold the Lamb of God.
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