The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said,
'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Sacrifice. We see it in the eyes of persevering parents who promise to do anything just so they can give the best life for their children. A dedicated worker who aims at improving the system of the company is also a living evidence of such truth. Equally, we cannot miss the testimony of volunteers in non-government organizations who have offered themselves for the welfare of the poor and marginalized. And of course, we need not look far – we have our beloved pastors and spiritual leaders whose vow is to serve God and His people all the days of their existence.
These are all glimpses on the meaning of sacrifice. Now, allow me to remind you that there is what we call the supreme sacrifice, and it is the one offered by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Why do we call it such? How can we say that this sacrifice is supreme in its expression? The answer lies in the truth that it is unparalleled and will never be equaled by anything. Imagine the Almighty God, the Creator of all things, giving His only Begotten Son for the salvation of fallen mankind. Despite His knowledge of the cost, still, He chose to give Himself to the perishing humanity as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Out of His undying Love, our Lord Jesus Christ accepted the calling and wholeheartedly accomplished the divine mission.
John the Baptist's introduction of Jesus in John 1:29 expresses clearly this self-giving mission of the Lord, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" Powerful words that tell us that here is the unblemished offering that will cover all sins forever. And at the cross, we can gaze upon what can only be called the supreme sacrifice – an expression of love that is proven even to the point of death. In His own words, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends" (John 15:13).
Through this self-sacrifice of our Lord, he proved true Psalm 103:11-12 which says, "For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." And by taking upon Himself all the sins and sufferings of the world, He has redeemed us from the punishment of sin which is eternal separation from the Almighty God.
Now with faith, we can call upon Him in humble surrender to His power to save and transform our wretched life. We are invited to savor the glorious benefits of the supreme sacrifice of Jesus, and in turn, share this good news to the rest of the world. In the same way, by contemplating on it, we find meaning in all our personal sacrifices for others – for we realize that with such love-driven acts, we serve as God's hands in this world that longs for His touch.
Brothers and sisters, may the Loving God bless you with the ability to overcome all obstacles in life as you persevere in serving the One who, by reaching the world with His unfailing love, has saved us.
Article Source : JIL Worldwide Word of the Season