In a time marked by anxiety, Following Jesus (a collection of talks by the late Henri Nouwen) bids us find our home, our security and belonging, with Jesus.
In an early chapter he marks out the transition point of the ministry of John the Baptist, how his first, consistent command of ‘repent’ gives way to a second and command of ‘behold.’
The first command is that of a change of direction.
The second command is that of identifying the destination.
John knew that his people were sinners and needed to repent, but he also knew that he could not take away the sins of those people; that taking away sins was not a human possibility. He said, “Repent, repent, repent!” But when Jesus passed by, John looked hard at him, and said to John and Andrew, “Look, that is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. That is the servant of God. He came to suffer. That is the One who has been sent to become the sacrifice, the Lamb of God, so that he can take away your sins.”
Henri Nouwen, Following Jesus, SPCK, 2019, pg 18.