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Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the
world.

John 1:29.

By this John means to say: I have, by my teaching, made
you all sinners, having condemned your works and told you to
despair of yourselves. But in order that you may not also
despair of God, I will show you how to get rid of your sins
and obtain salvation. Not that you can strip off your sins or
make yourselves pious through your works; another man is
needed for this; nor can I do it, I can however point him out.

It is Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. He, he, and no one else
in heaven or on earth, takes our sins upon himself. You yourselves
could not pay for the very smallest of your sins. He alone
must take upon himself not alone your sins, but the sins of the
world, and not some sins, but all the sins of the world, be they
great or small, many or few.

Now if you are able to believe that this voice of John speaks
the truth, and if you are able to follow his finger and recognize
the Lamb of God carrying your sins, then you have gained the
victory, then you are a Christian, a master of sin, death, hell
and all things. Then your conscience will rejoice and become
heartily fond of this gentle Lamb of God. Then you will love,
praise and give thanks to our heavenly Father for his infinite
wealth of mercy, preached by John and given in Christ. Finally
you will become cheerful and willing to do his divine will, as
best you can, with all your strength. What lovelier and more
comforting message can be heard than that our sins are not ours
any more, that they no more lie on us, but on the Lamb of God.
Lying on him, sin must be vanquished and made to nothing, and
likewise death and hell, being the reward of sin, must be vanquished
also. Behold what God our Father has given us in
Christ.

Take heed lest you presume to get rid of the smallest of your
sins through your own merit before God, and lest you rob
Christ, the Lamb of God, of his credit. John indeed demands
that each one should know himself, repent and grow better, yet
not in himself, but in Jesus Christ alone.

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