Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Visitation

John the Baptist decided he couldn't wait to do his job of pointing the way to the Savior. He had to start even before he was born. It happened when Mary, the mother of God, went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John [Luke 1:39-56]. Mary had just been visited by an angel with the news that she would be giving birth to the Savior of the world. When she greeted Elizabeth the baby in Elizabeth's womb knew who was visiting. Upon Jesus' arrival in the desert where John had been preaching and baptizing John pointed to Him with the words "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." For now, in the womb of his mom, he spoke no words, simply leaping for joy.

Jesus was born soon after and lived, died, and rose that our sins may indeed be taken away. He's no longer in the womb, but He visits us often so that our sins may be forgiven. In our Baptism, in the receiving of Absolution, and in His Holy Supper He visits us and we might feel a little like John the Baptist and leap for joy.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pastor Will. I think that you might find my site (jofj.org) interesting. I tell the story of the Journey of Jesus from a chronological and geographical perspective. DAB

rev will said...

Hi DAB:

Thanks for pointing me to your site, that is impressive.

Paul Willweber