October 7

 

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  John 1:29

 

God’s laws tell us how we should live.  They command us: “Never desire to take your neighbor’s wife.  Never murder.  Never commit adultery. Give to the poor.”  It’s good to follow God’s laws in order to guard against outward sins.  Before God, however, it won’t work to try to get rid of sin by obeying God’s laws.  What does work is stated in this verse: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!”  Isaiah explains that “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6) and “for the transgression of my people he was stricken” (v.8).  Everything points to Christ.

As a Christian, you should hold tightly to these words and not let the be taken away from you.  Then you will know that godless people and religious people who hope to satisfy God with their pilgrimages and good works are blind.  Many boast of their good works and console themselves by thinking they will get a second chance to be saved.  The Holy Scripture, in contrast, says that the sins of the world aren’t laid on the world.  John’s sins weren’t laid on John, and Peter’s sins weren’t laid on Peter, for no one can bear their own sins.  Rather, the sins of the world were laid on Christ.  He is the Lamb of God.  He stepped forward to become even sin itself, and to act as though he had committed the sins of the entire world from the beginning of its creation (2 Corinthians 5:21).  The Lamb’s mission, role, and function were to take away the sins of the world.  The Lamb carried them all.

 

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World

 

A 2005 Gold Medallion finalist!

 

Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today.

 

Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God.

 

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