Focal Passages: John 1:29-36, 40-42a, 45-51
The titles we give to people communicate a message to those around us. When you call someone your best friend, that communicates such value to the relationship you have with that special person. Jesus was given titles in our scripture passage today that communicate important and meaningful attributes for us to consider.
The title of best friend might mean for you that the person has acted in ways that demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice for your good. They have been willing to act in ways that you would describe as an earthly type of sacrifice. John the Baptist called Jesus the “Lamb of God” twice in our passage to study and that title communicates a heavenly type of sacrifice. A study of the Old Testament provides the background to the significance of this title as Jesus is the Passover Lamb (Exodus 12:21; 2 Chronicles 30:15). He became our best friend, for all time, as He took “away the sin of the world!”
Andrew brought his brother, Simon, to Jesus and told him he had found the Messiah who God had promised. Philip added his endorsement of the title Messiah, by stating that Jesus is the one of whom Moses and the prophets wrote (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2). In other words, God said He would do it, and He did!
Jesus, also was given the title, “Son of Man.” By coming to earth and living among people, He was able to demonstrate that we can see God working in our lives. Nathanael was impressed that Jesus could tell him that He saw him under a fig tree, but what is really impressive is that Jesus promised, “you will see greater things.”
Today, we can reflect on something really great that we have seen Jesus do and thank Him for it. We can live each day, not just counting on a best friend, but knowing that Jesus is the Lamb of God, the Messiah and the Son of Man. And, that these titles mean that we are forgiven, can trust His promises and we can see Him working in our lives each and every day.