Sunday, January 19, 2014

John's Testimony of Jesus

BEADS OF JOY 01-19-14
“John's Testimony of Jesus”
©2014 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today’s Gospel: John 1:29-34 (John's Testimony of Jesus) “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.” I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel." And John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, `He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."”

My Friends,
All things Jesus in this life -is exciting, incredible and they fill my heart with so much JOY. In today’s gospel, John identifies Jesus as the man he has been talking about -the one he was waiting for. John directs all of us to Jesus. Do we recognize Jesus when He is close by, when He is near us? Are we open to His love, His forgiveness, His mercy? Do we immediately confidently share Him (JESUS CHRIST) with others? Jesus willingly gave up His life to save ours, by doing so He saved each and every one us and He paid for our sins. He willingly did that because of His unconditional love for us; how are we loving Him in return?
What are your plans in this life that the Spirit is leading you? Our time here on earth is short (very short) and before you know it; you’re married, you have children, your children get married and they have children and before you know it, you are putting your teeth in the bathroom in a cup and you go to bed. LOL. Okay that was a little dramatic, but funny. And in answer to the question directed to me, no I currently sleep with my teeth, and I am not a grandpa. LOL. Humor is a wonderful gift given to us from God; every day it’s nice to plan a time for laughter. Though spontaneous laughter feels great. Try to make it a habit to talk to a friend that always makes you laugh or find a funny YouTube video you know will make you laugh. Seems like I am getting a little side-tracked, but I’m not; actually today’s gospel is all about directing our attention to Jesus, The Lamb of God. The intended start of today’s blog was about getting your attention. I hope it worked.
Think of how powerful that is, I can’t for the life of me figure out why the world doesn’t get it. The penalty for our sins is death –and in the end (eternal death), but if we confess our sins and we sincerely do our best to avoid those sins we tend to be drawn to most; God knows our heart and we will be forgiven, when we ask for forgiveness. That forgiveness was paid in full by Jesus being nailed to the Cross for us. But if we live a life purposely deleting God and Jesus and the Cross from it; there is no one to pay for the sin but ourselves. In the past I have said it this way, “When we ask God to forgive us for our sins, Jesus pays the price for the sins we have committed; but when we don’t ask God for forgiveness, we pay the price for our sins.”

So when we look at today’s gospel what do we see? What did we hear? What did we learn? Behold, Jesus the Lamb of God; be attentive as to who He is and that He is here now with us. 

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