Behold the enlightenment of the faithful, behold our atoning sacrifice

MY dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 2:1-2.

THE next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 1:29.

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BEHOLD the enlightenment of the faithful, behold our atoning sacrifice! He is on the point of stepping into the streams of the river, so that he might wash away the grime of man’s evil, and refashion us broken ones.

Therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Ermonites. (Ps 41[42]:6)

When thy Forerunner, O Lord, saw thee approaching, and asking to be baptized by him, in fear he cried out: O my God and my Fashioner, how shall I wash thee in baptism, who art undefiled?

The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee, and feared; and the depths were troubled. (Ps 76[77]:16).

LET us gather together in spirit (νοητῶς), ye faithful, at the streams of the Jordan, so that we might clearly see a great wonder: for the Creator of all appeared in plain sight, and stood beside us for baptism.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the holy Spirit
Both now and for ever, and to the ages of ages.

CHRIST our God came to baptism in the Jordan river, wishing to cleanse us from our iniquities by his appearance, as he alone is good and loveth mankind.

At Vespers for January 3. Source.

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O THAT the world might taste and see
The riches of his grace!
The arms of love that compass me,
Would all mankind embrace.

His only righteousness I show,
His saving truth proclaim:
’Tis all my business here below
To cry, “Behold the Lamb!”

Happy, if with my latest breath
I may but gasp his Name;
Preach him to all, and cry in death,
“Behold, behold the Lamb!”

Charles Wesley.

2 thoughts on “Behold the enlightenment of the faithful, behold our atoning sacrifice

  1. Happy, if with my latest breath
    I may but gasp his Name;
    Preach him to all, and cry in death,
    “Behold, behold the Lamb!”

    That is the perfect description of our truthful happiness.

  2. Hi lilyboat. Yes, Charles always keeps it simple. This is the last three stanzas of a lovely poem on the power of the Name. For Charles, the name and the nature of God are the same, so that when we speak his name in our hearts, we progressively experience deification. I think great Fathers such as St Gregory Palamas would have loved that.

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