The Chosen One of God[1] is the phrase that John the Baptist uses to point out Jesus as the Messiah. The Chosen One of God is the One who will be the Lamb of sacrifice. The Chosen One of God whom St. John the Baptist identifies as “the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.[2]

“The word that is translated for ‘take away’ literally means ‘to relieve,’ to take upon oneself. He is the true Passover lamb, who immerses himself in the river of our sin, to purify us.[3]

In the New Testament Jesus alone is referred to as “the Lamb”. A lamb by its nature is a gentle creature, so it might seem that this connotation is not really suitable for someone is going to take upon Himself all the sins of the world in docile humility. But that is exactly what Jesus does during His Passion and death.[4]

Pope Francis sums up our identification and its implications with Jesus the Lamb of God.

It means putting innocence in the place of malice, love in the place of force, humility in the place of pride, service in the place of prestige. It is good work! We Christians must do this: put innocence in the place of malice, love in the place of force, humility in the place of pride, service in the place of prestige. . .It means not having an attitude of closed-ness, but proposing the Gospel to everyone, testifying with our life that following Jesus makes us more free and more joyful.[5]

Can you follow the Lamb is this way?

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] Mt.1:34

[1] Mt.1:29

[1] https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2020-01-19

[1] Cf. Ibid.

[1] Pope Francis Angelus Address January 19, 2014