For You From The Word
Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)
For You To Think About
Victoria glanced nervously around the congregation. She’d come to the service thinking she wouldn’t know anyone, since she was at college and not at her home church. Her eyes fell to her lap, onto her extended abdomen. Now that she’d started to show she felt exposed and ashamed. Red tinges crept up her neck. Maybe this was a mistake.
“When you read, ‘Behold the Lamb of God,’” Pastor Steve went on, “God is pointing the finger to Jesus – not to you.”
Pastor Steve pointed a finger to himself, and then upward to the cross “‘Behold,’” he said simply, looking out over the congregation. “Blame isn’t yours to own. Jesus already took it on the cross. He only asks that you give it to Him.” All across the sanctuary, members silently imitated Pastor Steve’s finger-pointing motions.
Tears coursed down Victoria’s cheeks. Quietly, she took her index finger, pointed it to herself and then pointed it to the cross. Thank You, Lord, she prayed silently.
For You To Pray
Help my church reach out to pregnant women and college students and show Jesus’ grace. Your sacrifice is for them – and for me.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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