Taketh Away


“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)

The temporal and the opinionated work hand-in-hand in this world. Christ Alive made proof of His Text when He declared, “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Of a truth, Our Lord said well that we would suffer. The lies, the abominations, the embarrassments, the toils and snares, and the criticism by others. We would be an investiture into all of these, and somehow manage to endure, for He that promised has said so. To live peaceably with all men, which is God’s greatest intention, we must ignore the plight of the enemy, who snarls when we do good, and maligns when we partake in the bad. Jesus has said, “Do not be afraid.”

Fear not, for as we may surpass another in sin count, marking down days, keeping track, and subsequently recording the progress we make in sanctifying means, we are only foolishly dealing with ourselves. Christ has not ensured that our tally would be held if we confess and are found true. Likewise, sinners will have their unrepenting hearts met with a remembrance of those wily behaviors they participated in. Here God speaks, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). For some, the habitual voice of disparagement is as nasty as the sin we are trapped with.

St. Paul did shriek out of angst when he considered his deformity a hindrance unto preaching The Gospel. But we know that Christ Jesus refused to remove it, a will of fortune that would prove humbling and a source of spiritual vigor. For, when he was weak, he was strong, and that grace abounded, for God’s was sufficient for man. Addictions, seasons of pitfalls, backsliding, and tempestuous temptations haunt certain men and women. Akin to us all is the balance beam of pressure, to which we are dangling above the fires of our passions, ready to happily or begrudgingly fall any moment. Even for those who have fallen in, The Savior pulled them out, as St. Jude writes, “And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 1:22). Our robes of righteousness are often tarnished.

Regardless of what the struggle is, humanity’s covetous nature keeps competition. When one discovers another’s past, therein is secret judgement. And, when a revealing tidbit is fondled by our molesting minds, we sympathize thanking God we aren’t as frail. However, we are worse than what we deem: brute beasts that are as weakly and sickly as ever. Even without The Eucharist, our hearts are full of mischief, ready to discredit and deplete someone else’s self-esteem to boast our infirmities. The crutch of sexual immorality, perversion, psychosis, ignorance, and false report are ours to hold, relaxing the conscience against them, praying we can live with our impending self-loathing. Our adversary thrives when he smells cowardice. We have retreated inwardly to avoid truth.

Jesus beseeched, “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance” (Matthew 3:8). Have we any? Not even loaves of bread or heads of fish could we muster for a miracle. And this same Lord is telling us to come unto Him, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. He The Sole Mediator. He The Priest. He The Confessor to which we confess. As Billy Graham once said, “We’ll try the whole world before we try Jesus.” And, we will tell the entire world our trap-doors and closet space before we come forth and bring our woes, anxieties, and discomforts to Him. We simply don’t trust that He’s enough. We are Doubting Thomas’ for we pace the planet with a plan, before planning to outpace this earth toward The Standard.

Wherefore is the conclusion to this: The Lamb of God takes away all sin. He takes away the stench of sin. He takes away the presence of sin. He takes away the preventions that our sins causes. He removes guilt, burden, and the binding contract sin desires for us to sign on. If you are hearing a persistence tone of defeat, know your enemy. He is a liar and a devil, a serpent of old, and a rugged dragon crushed by a heel of woman, suspended by an old, rugged Cross. As well, the sins we have done, the sins from time past, those that stay in your memory, those that you awake with and retire to bed by, and those you believe can’t be overwhelmed by prayer, by penitence, by forgiveness, by reparation, or those that you deem are never going away: they do not exist. They’re now reduced to fabrications of the mind. And, our minds are eloquently skilled at make believe. For those offenses toward God you remember, but perhaps it went differently then you seem to conjure in your memory. The Son has blessed us with faded memories at that. Let Him redeem and free you from their thoughts. For, they were once and then disappeared. It is impossible for them to return to tangibility. It is impossible for you to taste of them again once regenerated.

There can be no evidence of wrongdoing if acceptable in the eyes of The Beholder, Who rendered it worthy to die for you. When you shall perish, the evils that once were, the frightening nightmares, the distrust you have for your security in avoiding the near occasion of sin, it will die too. Heaven will not be enterable by Satan’s disgust, your own, or anyone else. The mirage is not real. God bless those who have not seen and have therefore been faithful. The pulverizing worries that cripple you won’t lead you to God, neither can they provide accuracy of God’s Word (“Be careful for nothing” Philippians 4:6). Lucifer’s scheme is to drive you mad, to have insanity for your imperfections to create frustration, and more sinful advice to damn you further, so that in suffering, you may fatally stumble at his darkness. Perchance, he doesn’t find interest in your sin, as much as he cares that you do not produce Gospel-talent. He hates God and His Gospel, and hopes for an expelling attack that will foster you a worthless and lazy soldier for Jesus Christ. In all, do not forget that The Body of Christ has welcomed you, and the guidance of souls comes not from consternation or condemnation (Romans 8:1). The will of The Lord has been done: you are saved by effectual means of Christ’s merit, and have become converted through The Holy Spirit, and from henceforth are unpluckable from God’s hands. Amen.





Published by Matthew Pope

A graduate of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic, private institution, Matthew received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Theology in May of 2012. Upon registering for pastoral training in August of 2013, he was formerly a Master of Divinity student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, pursuing the Evangelism program. With a transparent calling from God, his life dramatically changed as he received confirmation into The Catholic Church in November of 2016. Matthew's passion rests in serving the nations with the hope of The Gospel. Author of his lay-ministry, Even Unto The End Of The World, which was established on November 12, 2013, he has also produced his previous books: In Doctrine, Uncorrupt (which was released on February 15, 2014) and Assembled With One Accord (published on December 1, 2015), and is currently writing and planning for following books to come. With a revelatory vision, Matthew intends to encounter the culture and Christendom with truth. In addition, he intends to draw forth the rudiments of the Most Holy Catholic Faith to transform all Christian denominations into The One Church. Matthew confessed Jesus Christ as Savior at age seventeen, impressed with the desire to enter the ministry, in March of 2008. A native of Shelby, North Carolina, he was born on May 28, 1990. He now resides in Wake Forest, North Carolina where he has been actively writing since late 2013.

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