Gospel: John 1:29-34 Look there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.
How does Jesus Christ take away the sin of the world?
By taking the sin of the world to himself.
He’s innocent but he made himself guilty in place of the guilty.
So, let’s draw out the implications of Jesus as lamb of God.
There’s an objective moral order to which we’re all subject – otherwise why would Jesus Christ need to die for sinners?
There is ultimate Justice.
Because there’s ultimate Justice Jesus was tolerant only in so far as tolerance served repentance.
The guilty who genuinely repent and turn to Christ are free – He takes the place of the guilty. That’s redemption. It’s the only reason a priest can absolve sins.
Jesus was merciful rather than tolerant. Learn the difference. Mercy is Justice transfigured by Love. It requires ultimate Love.
Sin is destructive – ponder Christ crucified. It’s the most destructive force known to humankind.
If Jesus doesn’t take away the sins of the world – if we refuse Mercy – where will the sins of the world go? Where will the destruction go?
Jesus Christ is our future.