This morning in prayer, I read John 1:29 where John the Baptist sees Jesus and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” I thought about how so many people are alarmed about recent changes in the world that I think can be characterized as an increasing manifestation of sin in the world. I don’t think that people suddenly got a lot more sinful, but that there is in an increased boldness as if certain forces are confident that now is a good time for them to come out of hiding and make their move. That is why I say there is an increasing manifestation of evil rather than an increasing evil. Regardless of how we describe it, many people of good will are alarmed at what they are seeing.
I hear a lot of talk about what should be done to combat this evil, and that is a good thing to do, but we must keep at the forefront of our thinking that it is Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. While he may call each of us to do a particular thing as partners in his work, the solution to sin in the world is his, and it was accomplished on the cross two millennia ago. Indeed, I see the current “unmasking” of evil as a prelude to a significant response by God. It may be cataclysmic, but I think it will end a growing rebellion that has been 500 years in the making. Whether this response is the final judgment or the initiation of a kind of second Christendom, I don’t know, but I think it is becoming clear that the rebellion is not sustainable.
Of course, I may be completely wrong about the timing, and a minor pendulum swing away from the present craziness might allow things to be drawn out much longer. Nonetheless, we must still look to the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world, and ask him for wisdom and strength to do our part along with him.