Praying the Benedictus 10
Luke 1:77 “… to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins …”
Zechariah knows what the role of his son will be. It is to prepare the people for Jesus by letting them know of the coming salvation through forgiveness.
His message would be: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
I’m writing this devotion as I listen to songs from Lauren Daigle. She is an American singer who is a follower of Jesus. Sections of the church publicly denounced her for appearing on ‘The Ellen Show’ (who is apparently gay) and for not being stronger in her stance against homosexuality. Then she was heavily criticised for a blouse she was wearing being accused for not being modest enough. As I listen to her songs whilst writing my devotional thoughts and as I pray I am so thankful that it is Jesus who forgives sins and not the Church because left to the self-righteous no one would be forgiven!
Jesus is the Old Testament sacrificial lamb which had to be without blemish or defect.
I am not that lamb neither have I found any other human being coming anywhere close to it.
What’s your thoughts on John the Baptist? I asked that of a friend recently and her opinion was that of mine, severe, strong, loud, making his stance against sin. But what if we are wrong? What if John was loving, gentle, kind and his call was enthusiastic but pro-people not against them?
What was John’s message and what should our message be?
In love we find a way to tell people that:
1. Only Jesus is perfect. So stop trying to be so.
2. Only Jesus could pay the price. Penance never produces forgiveness.
3. Only Jesus cancels the debt we owe God, Colossians 2:14. But we don’t need to police that or stand as a jury on whether that debt has indeed been cancelled.
4. Only Jesus removes the sin from God’s sight, John 1:29. But we don’t need to tell them which sins He wants to remove, He can do that.
5. Only Jesus saves us from a lost eternity, Matt 1:21. But we don’t need to dangle people over hell.
Can we communicate that without severity? Yes we can.
We need to find a way to give people the knowledge of what is theirs in Jesus. Instead of telling people what is wrong with them, we need to pave the way for them to experience forgiveness.