I have been taking time lately to try and put myself in the shoes of the people living when books of the Bible were written. This process has led me to appreciate some of the passages more. I would encourage you to think about who the books of the Bible are written to and about. One thing that has struck me is in regard to the many Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah. First let’s remember in the Old Testament they are sacrificing animals to cover their sins. They then begin getting prophecies of a coming Messiah. Does He come immediately? No. For hundreds upon hundreds of years they wait in anticipation. Generation upon generation passing on the prophecies about the Messiah. Then John the Baptist comes on to the scene. In John 1 the Jews send priests and Levites to ask John the Baptist who he was. He replies that he is not the Messiah. So after all these years, they are obviously still looking for and anticipating the Messiah. From Leviticus until this point they are still offering up sacrifices to cover their sins. The next day after John talked with the priests and Levites everything changed.
John 1:29-31 – 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the One I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me.’ 31 I didn’t know Him, but I came baptizing with water so He might be revealed to Israel.”
Look what he says. “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” No more covering of sins, for the Messiah had come to take away sins. Hundreds of years of anticipation and finally He was there. Imagine the excitement and hope of people when they began to realize who Jesus was. We many times take this for granted because we come afterward. We want to move past this into “deeper” issues. But there is nothing deeper to learn than the Messiah who came to take away sin. We should be excited and thankful that we don’t have to make an effort to cover our sins. Our sins are already taken away when we come to the Messiah.
Most rejected Him though. They fell asleep and forgot who they were looking for. Today as we wait for Jesus to come again, are we prepared? Are we eagerly waiting with anticipation and hope? Is Jesus your Messiah, Christ, Lord and Savior now? If He is not, don’t wait until it is too late. When the Messiah returns again it will be too late. We have been waiting nearly 2000 years for His return. This time everyone will know who He is. This time every knee will bow. What a glorious day.