The Lamb of God

One of the most dramatic incidents related in the Gospels is the account of John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judea, calling the people to repentance, and bidding them make way for the coming of the Christ. When Jesus appeared, John recognized him at once as the long-awaited Messiah, and announced him with these words: "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). And in confirmation of this declaration John saw "the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove" and resting upon Christ Jesus.

Mary Baker Eddy, discerning the mission of the Christ, writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 567, 568): "Divine Science shows how the Lamb slays the wolf. Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error." And she throws further light upon the subject of how the "Lamb slays the wolf," or "taketh away the sin of the world," by defining "Lamb of God" thus (ibid., p. 590): "The spiritual idea of Love; self-immolation; innocence and purity; sacrifice." The world does not generally consider the qualities of thought attributed to the Lamb a sufficient defense from evil. In fact, mortal belief demands just the opposite in its plea to resist evil with pride and self-will.

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