Study Suggestion: Why not consider asking a few people to join you in a "communal" reading using this See-Judge-Act method!
Read the text again as if you were John the Baptist. How are you feeling as your cousin, Jesus, walks toward you? The image of Jesus as Lamb of God is a strong one … echoing the temple sacrifices. Those sacrifices were the way the Hebrew people made atonement for sin. John makes that parallel. How does his parallelism feel to you? Do you “get” it? John also says he didn’t always recognize Jesus as “Messiah” and he “testifies” that Jesus is the “Chosen One of God.” These expressions meant that Jesus was the anointed one which was the traditional way of signifying God’s choice for a kingly ruler. What kind of king are you expecting? How does it feel to see your disciples turn from you in order to follow Jesus? Is this what you wanted? Are you going to follow too?
- Take time to quiet yourself within. Acknowledge and then let go of all your busy thoughts.
- Allow a “new” name for God to emerge or simply use the name you usually use when you pray to God
- Consider the invitation from God that emerged during your time of study
- Work with your words until you have about 6-8 syllables which is the most comfortable to breathe …