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2nd Sunday Ordinary Time

Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Psalm 40
John 1:29-34

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title insurance

"Look! There is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world." —John 1:29

The Holy Spirit inspired St. John to pack his Gospel with titles of Jesus. Praying and praising Jesus by speaking His titles and meditating upon them is great insurance against taking Jesus for granted. It's a great way to deepen our relationship with Him.

Among other titles, John refers to Jesus as:

  • the Word of God (Jn 1:1) and Word-Made-Man (Jn 1:14),
  • "Lamb of God" (Jn 1:29),
  • God's "Chosen One" (Jn 1:34),
  • Rabbi, (and also Teacher) (Jn 1:38),
  • "the Messiah" (Jn 1:41),
  • Son of God and King of Israel (Jn 1:18, 49),
  • "the Son of Man" (Jn 1:51),
  • "the Bread of Life" (Jn 6:35, 48),
  • "Light of the World" (Jn 8:12),
  • "I AM" (Jn 8:28; see also Ex 3:14),
  • "Lord" (Jn 9:38),
  • "Good Shepherd" (Jn 10:11, 14),
  • "the Resurrection and the Life" (Jn 11:25),
  • "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (Jn 14:6),
  • "the Vine" (Jn 15:5),
  • "the King of the Jews" (Jn 19:19), and
  • "my Lord and my God!" (Jn 20:28)

There are many other Scriptural titles of Jesus. These titles combat deception and encourage truth. Praise Jesus by His titles.

Prayer:  Jesus, Lamb of God, I worship You with my whole heart.

Promise:  "I will make you a light to the nations, that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth." —Is 49:6

Praise:  Praise Jesus, "the First and the Last and the One Who lives" (Rv 1:17-18).

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 30, 2007

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