daily-devotionalsReading: “Behold the Lamb of God!”—John 1:36

Who is it calls you in this text? Is it not God the Holy Ghost, by the ministry of his servant John? Does God not do the same by the ministry of his servant Isaiah when be bids us behold him in whom his soul delights? And does Jesus himself not call again and again, in the ministry when he says, “behold,” “look unto me, and be ye saved,” and you not obey the sweet and gracious calls on which all your present peace and everlasting happiness depend?

Precious, precious Jesus, my Lord! I would look to you until my whole heart, and all its affections, followed my eyes, and left not a thought behind for a single object besides you. I would see you as the Lamb of God and follow you whithersoever you lead. I would behold you as the Lamb of God set up in the decrees of eternity, from everlasting; for you are the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. I would look to you set forth in all the representations of the redeeming blood, in the innumerable sacrifices of the law, and in the lamb of the morning, and the lamb of the evening, through the intermediate ages, to your coming. I would behold you when, in the days of you flesh, you walked through the streets of Jerusalem; and when, as a lamb, you were led to the slaughter.

I would look, Lord, until my eye-strings could hold no longer, when as the Lamb of God, and my soul’s surety, you did hang on the tree, putting sin away, and satisfying divine justice by your sacrifice. Yes, blessed Lamb of God, you are the Lamb still. Change of place has made no change in your nature, or love, or the efficacy of your redemption. And you still bear the marks of my redemption. Shall I not unceasingly look to you, then, dearest Jesus? Help me, blessed Jesus, so to look, and so to live on you. 

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.