1. MAIN POINT. I think the main point — as mentioned elsewhere and before — is John the Baptist is a witness to Christ and acknowledges Christ as one greater than he is. Likely the disciples of John and Jesus commingled and prayed together. Likely Jesus was originally a John follower. Somewhere along the line the question of whose they all were came up and this is a rhetorical move for the Jesus People over an against the John folks.
2. NEW LIGHT. I’m not sure about new light. Passages like this are so familiar its hard to read it again as for the first time. I do know the phrase here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! stands out for me here and I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe there is something here I need to meditate upon.
3. TRUTH. I am comfortable with categories like sin and reconciliation. So this passage is true to my understanding of faith. True to my experience? Hmm. C’est difficile. John points his finger towards Jesus. Jesus reveals God. It seems the path of the prophets is to empty oneself. I can do that — but my ego keeps clawing it back again.
4. IMPLICATIONS. I think I will carry the notion of the Lamb of God around with me today and see where my meditations take me.
5. PROBLEMS Problems in application not in acceptance. Maybe also problems that this honoured passage from Christian tradition has its roots in a perhaps bitter conflict within a faith community — and rather than witnessing to the reconciled position, only witnesses to the one side.