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Steady Work, Ultimate Pay

Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world
Isaiah 49:3,5-6; Psalm 40:2,4,7-10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34

Sermon Week Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 1:29

Mount Rushmore, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is famous for the gigantic sculptures of four past United States Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Each head measures sixty feet in height, and the entire structure, which took fourteen years to complete, rises 6,375 feet above the ground. When the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, was asked how he did it, he replied with a glint in his eye: "Well, those figures were there for 40 million years. All I had to do was dynamite 400,000 tons of granite to bring them into view."

You -- a child of God -- were there in the mind of God, not for 40 million years but for all eternity. Rushmore stands as a national memorial. That is the reason for its creation. The reason for your creation? The Holy Gospels have given you an explosive answer to that question.

We remember in last week's Gospel, when Jesus is about thirty years old, He appears at the River Jordan where John the Baptist is baptizing and preaching about the Kingdom. Jesus says to John in effect, "Here I am, baptize Me, I want to be part of this." And, in a most dramatic way, God uses the event to call Jesus, to guide Him, to lead Him into His public ministry. The Gospel writer speaks of the Holy Spirit coming in the form of a dove, and the voice of God saying, "This is My Son, the Beloved. My favor rests on Him" (Mt. 3:17).

In today's Gospel Lesson, John the Baptist "sees Jesus coming toward him" and says, "Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29).

John, who then baptizes Jesus describes the scene that followed:

“I saw the Spirit coming down on Him from heaven like a dove and resting on Him” (Jn. 1:32). Whereupon, he acknowledges his clear recognition of Jesus as the Messiah, saying, "I have seen and I am the witness that He is the Chosen One of God" (Jn. 1:34).

God is telling you that the [...]


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