In the opening chapter of his Gospel, John declares in no uncertain terms that Jesus Christ is God. He is the Word, the Light, the eternal Son, and the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He is the Christ — the long-awaited Savior and Ruler promised throughout the Old Testament.

John also explains that whoever believes in Jesus Christ will be given the right to become children of God (John 1:12). If that’s true, then nothing could me more important than believing in Him.

This past Sunday we considered what believing in Jesus Christ looks like. The stories in John 1:35-51 reveal some vital elements (or steps) in belief — namely, hearing, seeing, and following. In order to believe in Jesus, a person must hear the testimony of who he is (Romans 10:14); they need to experience first hand for themselves who Jesus is (Job 42:5); and they need to follow him as Lord (Luke 9:57-62).

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This past Sunday we met a remarkable man named John the Baptist. But as we tried to understand what made him tick, we couldn’t help but look at Jesus Christ. After all, John was all about helping others to see and know “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” In fact, John’s sense of identity, worth, and purpose were all shaped by who he knew Jesus Christ to be. And as John points to Him, he invites us to find our identity, worth, and purpose in Jesus too.

Recommended Reading: If you’d like help thinking more about all this, I’d highly recommend a little book called The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness (48 pages). On the surface, you might think it’s just about humility, but really it’s about much more than that. It’s about the freedom we experience when we see ourselves from the vantage point of Jesus Christ and what he has done for us. It’s about freedom from worrying about how others judge us, or even how we judge ourselves (1 Corinthians 4:3). It’s about beholding the Lamb of God and finding out who we are.

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