Jesus the Lamb of God
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. - John 1:1
By: Pastor Marcus Hill
More than ten years ago when I started in full-time ministry, I attended a seminar called the Association for Christian Character Development and Transformation. You are probably wondering why a handsome, polite, articulate pastor like myself would ever need to transform his character—you guessed it, I had not eaten enough humble pie!
It was in Los Angeles at Live Oak Missionary Baptist Church that I experienced the love of God. My late grandmother, Martha Small, also known as Granny, planted a seed of faith, that my mom watered, and at the age of twelve, God gave the increase. Shortly after entering into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I followed with baptism. A year after my baptism, I felt the calling to preach at the age of thirteen.
Throughout two years, I preached, studied, and meditated on God’s word. It was at the ripe old age of 15 that I stood before a packed sanctuary of anxious parishioners, sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting with anticipation for the ordination council to render their verdict. No one was more nervous than me, and then, there it was, I had successfully passed the oral examination for preparedness of ministry.
Although I accepted Christ and ordained at a young age, it was only the beginning of the preparation needed to transform my heart towards God’s Word. His Word transformed me into his image, and my character began to mirror that of Christ. That’s what the Advent season is all about, waiting in anticipation to encounter the Word, to transform our hearts towards God.
As Advent approaches, it reminds me to create space to reflect on the way God’s Word has transformed my life by sending the lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. While the origin of love is in the being of God, the manifestation of love is in the coming of Christ. During this time of anticipation of the birth of Jesus, let us turn our hearts towards his Word.