The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.
Hannah More relates that Dr. Johnson, on his death-bed, was in great distress of mind. Not being comforted by ordinary conversation, he desired to see a minister. Mr. Winstanley was named, and the doctor requested him to be sent for. Mr. Winstanley did not come, but wrote to the doctor as follows: — "Sir, — I beg to acknowledge the honour of your note, and am very sorry that the state of my health prevents my compliance with your request. I can easily conceive what would be the subject of your inquiry. I can conceive that on the near approach of death what you once considered mere peccadilloes have risen into mountains of guilt, on whichsoever side you look you see only positive transgression, defective obedience; and hence in self-despair are eagerly inquiring, 'What must I do to be saved?' I say to you in the language of the Baptist, 'Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world!'" When this was read to the doctor he anxiously asked, "Does he say so?" The consequence was that he was brought to the renunciation of himself and a simple reliance on Jesus as his Saviour.
Parallel VersesKJV: The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.