John and two of his disciples were standing, and he looked at Jesus walking by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” … Andrew, Simon Peter’s brothers, was one of the two. (John 1:35-36, 40)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus is a man on a mission, God on a mission! He’s there to do one thing, to be one thing: the Lamb of God. John was there, just another man on a mission. He was only there to point people to Jesus, the Lamb of God. Andrew was there, too, was on a mission, too: to receive the Lord’s Word and point others to it.
Andrew was being filled up with the Lord’s Word in John’s preaching and teaching. He was baptized “for the forgiveness of sins.” (Luke 3:3) He was where the Lord was at in the delivering of His Word. Then Andrew was hanging out with the Word of God Himself, Jesus. He was filled up with the Lord’s Word, His Gifts, with seeing Him risen from the dead on the Third Day. Filled up with the Lord’s “Go and make disciples by baptizing and teaching” (Matthew 28:19-20), and that’s what he did. Andrew preached and taught and baptized and forgave and gave out Jesus’ Body and Blood for the forgiveness of sins, just as Jesus gave him to do.
You are filled up with the Lord’s Word, too. Nothing else will do for you, will it? No other priorities except to hear Jesus, to be filled up with His Word and His Gifts, just like Andrew was. Your only question is: “Where are you staying, Lord?” (John 1:38) Where are you preaching, where are you teaching, where are you baptizing (John 4:2), where are you giving out your Body and Blood? Wherever that’s going on is where you want to be, where you go, where you are, because there Jesus is Lamb of God for you.
Jesus is your Lamb of God: crucified for you. Jesus is your Lamb of God: delivered to you in His Word and Gifts through your own personal Andrew, your pastor. That’s Jesus’ mission: for you and to you. Lamb of God at Calvary. Lamb of God at your church. He’s your God and Savior. He’s your faithful Lamb and Shepherd, giving up of Himself to you. Tomorrow He does it again. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. Aaron Fenker
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us. (Divine Service, Setting Three: Gloria in Excelsis, LSB 188)