Friday, December 9, 2016

A Recipe for a Savior Day # 9


Day # 9

John 1:8 The next day, he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

            Abraham was told to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering to the Lord. We spoke of that yesterday. Even as they climbed the mountain, Abraham answered Isaac by saying, “God will provide himself the lamb for the burnt offering.” (Gen. 23:8) Was it really possible? Yes it was. God did spare Isaac and provided a ram in place of Abraham’s son.

            Active ingredients in a recipe. One is spared while the other is added. Isaac is given a future as the father of God’s chosen people while the ram gave up its life (not willingly of course). Ingredients in A Recipe for a Savior. Isaac becomes a part of that special recipe.

            John the Baptist announces that the special ingredient had come. He points to Jesus of Nazareth and says to those around him, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” This One who comes from the line of Abraham and Isaac is the special ingredient that brings salvation to a world lost in its sin. This Lamb of God is the One who will take our place under the Law and give each of us the wonder of salvation.

            As we continue A Recipe for a Savior, we now see the way that God is putting together the special recipe that brings life and salvation to all people, including you and me. He is our Lamb that takes our place, dies for us, even as the ram died in Isaac’s place.

            Continuing through this Advent season, we will find the Lord adding more and more special ingredients to the recipe. Yes, we know how the recipe will turn out as we hear the words of John the Baptist. Let’s continue mixing together the ingredients in A Recipe for a Savior.

Prayer: Father, You once spared Isaac from certain death on the stone altar, yet You did not spare Your only Son as He gave up His life upon the cross for our salvation. We thank You for our Savior. We pray that You will continue to guide us through this Advent season. Amen.

Deeper Thought: How would you have felt if you had heard the message of John the Baptist? Would you have been filled with doubt or with hope? As you face the challenges of life and you hear the proclamation of the Gospel, how do you respond?


  1. I would have been filled with Hope and Doubt. Not about John The Baptist message, rather filled with self doubt of being worthy of such a wonderful gift 🎁 as a savior sent to me . Self Doubt has been my biggest downfall.

    1. Michael, That is a tool that the devil likes to use against us - self doubt. He leads us to doubt that God can love such a person as me. I am so unworthy of any such love. And yet, while we were yet sinners, God loved us. He loved you, not because you were worthy, but because of His great mercy. That is the joyous message of the Gospel. He saved us even as we are sinners.