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[John Series No.6] Lamb of God which Taketh Away the Sin of the World

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The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. (John 1:29~31

In the last issue we spoke about John the Baptist. John chapter 1 talks about John the Baptist introducing Jesus. Upon shouting, “Repent! For the kingdom of God is near,” John introduced Jesus, saying, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Sister, You Are Lying Now

When I ministered in Dajeon, one of the sisters of my church, who was a widow, was remarried. The man she was marrying had two daughters. I was there to sit with her and discuss the marriage. The man who was to be her husband had lived alone with his two daughters for a long time and was very glad to welcome a new wife. She too was very happy. As they were discussing many things, they began to talk about the two daughters. The sister said, “I will treat them well, as if I were their real mother.” I said something upon hearing those words. “Sister, you are lying right now.” The sister was stunned. “No, Pastor, I really want to be good to them.” “Sister, it is good that you have the heart to be good to these children. But that does not happen just because you want it to.” The title, “Mother,” is very good. But not just anyone can be a mother. It cannot be done through your effort or labor but you have to have children. As a mother has the child in her womb for ten months and risks her life to give birth, the heart of a mother for this child, which no one else can have, becomes formed in her. This cannot be learned nor bought with money. Therefore, it is extremely difficult for someone who is not the actual mother to act as one. It can never be done simply through trying to do so. Loving the child you conceived, risked your life to give birth to, and sacrificed for, that heart of a mother can only be found in the true mother. A woman who marries and raises the child from her husband’s previous marriage is a stepmother. In old Korean stories, stepmothers were all terribly wicked women. The stepmothers did not think to be evil mothers to begin with. But this could only be because fate had it that they would raise children born from a stranger. With a good heart, they think, “I feel sorry that the child cannot grow up under his real mother. I should be good to him.” But in the actual living, they can never act as the real mother. This mother would give anything to her own child, she would even freely give her own life, but she cannot have that heart for a child born from someone else. This sister thought, “I can do well if I put my heart into it.” This is the heart to believe in one’s self. However, this would not work out. Gold has to be gold to begin with; something cannot change to become gold. Likewise, a mother has to have the child to be the mother. The sister was at a loss and asked me, “Pastor, then what should I do?” I gave her an answer. “What should you do? Be honest with them. ‘You’ve heard the stories of stepmothers, right? I am that stepmother. I can never be like a real mother to you. No matter how hard I try to be good to you. I cannot be as good as your real mother. If you think of me as your real mother you will always be disappointed and have complaints. You will be unhappy living with a stepmother, and I completely understand. So I will try and pour my heart into doing well, so let’s work on this together.'” Because people do not know themselves, they think that they can do anything well if they try and make up their minds to. People think