Lamb of God

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.          

         Look, the lamb of God,          who takes away the sin of the world.                   —John 1.29

Look          “Come and see”          allow this grace to fill our vision

The Lamb of God          lamb that dwells with the wolf          servant who like a lamb is led to the slaughter          Passover lamb whose blood marks our freedom          conquering lamb who opens the seven seals

Who takes away          the Greek word is “to lift”          to take the burden from our shoulders          to bear our sin, carry it off, endure the load          to lift up for us to see clearly          to hold it harmlessly away from us          to receive our violence without returning it           The sin of the world          not the sins; we're stuck with those          the brokenness hidden in everyone          the saturating fear          the wound that will not heal          the violence of the system

And they followed him          to know we are as sinful as others, and not judge          to know we are forgiven, and be humbly grateful          to carry forgiveness into this world          to be nonviolent          in freedom, miraculously rising          without illusion that we can bear or save          in tender love for the gentle lamb          to accompany Christ beneath the suffering of the world          and help the Gentle One who holds the weight

                         Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light

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