John 1:29–34 (ESV)
Behold, the Lamb of God
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not
know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 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.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
Twice, John the Baptist mentions that he did not know who is the Lamb of God. There are several ways to interpret this. I prefer to interpret this as he did not know his cousin Jesus. We live in a world of mass travel of planes, trains,
and automobiles. This was not the case in Jesus day. However, I remain open to the interpretation that he did not know who is the Lamb of God, but that the Spirit would rest on him. This allows Jesus to know John as a cousin, but not as the
Messiah. Does it really matter which way you interpret? No... not at all. I take the more literal approach, yet I remain flexible. I will find out when I get to heaven. Also, John the Baptist was told that when he sees the Spirit
descend and remain on him, this will be the Lamb of God. I don’t know who told them this, but never-the-less, John had heard this. Well, the heavens open up and the Spirit descends an remains. John knows that this is the Son of God.
I pray: O Lord, you revealed yourself to John the Baptist as the Son of God. Help us to share the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. You are the Son of God who takes away the sin of the world.
I give thanks and praise to your witness. Amen.