Sola DevotionsView All Posts >>

Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Smalcald Articles part 20

Original image  •  Index of Scripture Graphics and posts by Scripture reference

  Click for a recording of today's lesson. 

John 1:29 

From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles 

2. And he alone is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29); and God has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isa 53:6).

Pulling It Together

In this great, narrative sentence, there is one subject and a countless number of direct objects. Let us begin with the objects of the subject. Sinners are the direct objects in the story of God. Since the beginning, sin had been met with sacrifice to appease God’s holiness. So much blood has been spilled for a world of sinners, “for all have sinned” (Rom 3:23). As God is the subject of creation, acting on chaos to bring order, he is also the subject of recreation, bringing forgiveness and justification where there had been judgment and alienation. 

Sinners could not take away the sin of the world; the direct object cannot act upon itself. But God laid the sin of us all upon himself, bearing the iniquity of a world of lost sinners, the objects of his love.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your great and saving love. Amen.

Receive these daily Sola Devotions by email. Write mryman@solapublishing.com with "Subscribe" as your subject. To unsubscribe, send an email to the same address with "Unsubscribe" as your subject.

Sola Publishing’s Alphabet Soup is a Sunday School series designed for young students in Preschool and Kindergarten. Lessons are based on storytelling, rhyme, and pictures, and are suitable for participation by non-readers. The flexible lesson plans introduce the youngest believers to the importance and truth of God’s Word. 


Click Here For Content Archives