15 January 2023
Bible readings for today
give us such a vision of your purpose
and such an assurance of your love and power,
that we may ever hold fast the hope
which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
E te Atua kaha rawa, hōmai he tirohanga ki a mātou mō āu whakaritenga ā, me te whakapūmautanga o tōu aroha me tōu mana, kia mau pū ai mātou ki te tūmanako kei roto nei i a Īhu Karaiti tō mātou Ariki.
The first disciples (John 1:29-42)
In today's gospel reading, we hear about some of the first disciples.
What's in a name?
"Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”)" John 1:42
When Andrew brought his brother to meet Jesus, Simon never knew that this would be the beginning of his life-changing adventure with Jesus. In some of the first words to Simon, Jesus tells him that you will be called Cephas, meaning Peter - which means rock. We know from later accounts of Peter that Jesus will use Peter to build his church, and he will be an important leader of the early church.
Lamb of God
In art, the Agnus Dei symbol is often depicted as a lamb bearing a cross or banner.
Here is a simple craft activity that kids can make:
John the Baptist
"I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God." In the opening lines of this reading, we hear John making meaning of what he has seen at the Baptism of Jesus.
Lamb of God
The BibleProject have put together a really helpful video that helps explain why Jesus was described as "Lamb of God", a symbol for sacrifice and atonement.
An illustration from Visio Lectio, a project from the Anglican Diocese of Auckland.