John: The Apostle Of The Love Of God
by Samuel T. Carson, Northern Ireland.
“More than a prophet” is how the Lord Jesus described His forerunner, John the Baptist. All the Hebrew prophets had been like finger posts pointing forward to the coming Messiah, and the Baptist had done the same. But there was an added dimension to his ministry. Besides pointing forward to the coming One, he had the privilege of actually pointing Him out.
Looking upon Jesus one day as He walked, John said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Clearly, the emphasis that day was on the work Christ had come to do; to take away the sin of the world. The next day, however, the focus was on who Christ is: He is the Lamb of God. And so John said simply, “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1:29 & 36). Taken together the person and work of Christ constitute the core theme of the gospel.