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“The next day, he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
 
We can get so used to an idea that we accept it and it becomes flat to us. We don’t give it much thought; we become dulled to it, maybe even bored with it.
 
When I read the Old Testament, I wonder – did the people ever get used to the killing and sacrifice of animals (oxen, cattle, sheep, goats, even birds)? When Solomon dedicated the temple, he offered some 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep (1 Kings 8:63). What did that look like? What did that sound like? Did the people understand that the life is in the blood (Lev. 17:11) and that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin (Heb. 9:22)? Did they think about the holiness of God and His high standards - or did they get dulled to it?
 
And what about us? Do we get dulled to the blood of Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world? Peter tells us clearly that we “were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from [our] forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19).
 
Let’s not get dulled to or bored with the costly salvation that Jesus secured for us by His own blood. Jesus “entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption” (Heb. 9:12). Thank you, Jesus.

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Taste and See

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
Psalm 34:8


I saw a video recently of a sweet toddler enjoying her first ever taste of an ice cream cone. Her grandma held her in one arm, and in the other, a big cone stacked with vanilla ice cream. It would seem we missed the earliest interactions between the girl and the cone, because at the start of the short video, there was already a healthy helping of the treat on her face and fingers. As we tune in, she is grabbing the ice cream with both of her eager little hands and literally shoving her whole face into it. She had tasted, and it was good.


If you are in Christ, then you have tasted and seen. You have seen a glimpse of glory that is enough to make you want to run headlong into a wall to experience it. When you read His Word, it starts to awaken something in you that makes your treasured idols look like vomit. And no one needs to tell you not to try to taste the vomit.


There is something better. There is Someone greater. Just a taste of the glory of God, seen in creation and seen in His Word, will be enough to have you grabbing ahold of Him and desperately digging deeper. Taste and see- He is good. There is more.

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