The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
– John 1:29, NKJV
The great 19th century British preacher Charles Spurgeon was set to deliver a service in London’s Crystal Palace. This huge structure was originally built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851. It held 990,000 square feet of floor space, stretching 1,851 feet long with an interior ceiling rising to 128 feet. The glass allowed for natural light to come in while keeping rain out.
It was later relocated to the south of London, and remained standing as a landmark until it was destroyed by fire between the World Wars.
In 1857, Spurgeon reserved the space for worship services. Over 23,000 people would attend to listen to his sermon.
Spurgeon related an amusing story about preparing for that sermon, one that led to a difference in one man’s life. This was relayed by Randy Alcorn in his book, We Shall See God.
In 1857, a day or two before preaching at the Crystal Palace, I went to decide where the platform should be fixed; and, in order to test the acoustic properties of the building, cried in a loud voice, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” In one of the galleries, a workman, who knew nothing of what was being done, heard the words, and they came like a message from heaven to his soul. He was smitten with conviction on account of sin, put down his tools, went home, and there, after a season of spiritual struggling, found peace and life by beholding the Lamb of God.
Randy Alcorn, We Shall See God: Charles Spurgeon’s Classic Devotional Thoughts on Heaven (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2011), 108.
Alcorn indicated the man would be forever grateful that when Spurgeon did a sound check that day, he did not simply count to ten.
Today, it’s your turn. Behold, the Lamb of God!