“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, for whoever believes in him should not perish but shall have eternal life” John 3:16 NKJV
Can you imagine the kind of love mentioned in John 3: 16? The first statement “For God so loved the world,” is a declaration that God indeed loves us. In today’s climate, you can find a lot of hate speech. People who claim that God does not love that group or another group. However, this scripture is clear. God does indeed love us all. When you speak about the world, you are speaking about everyone who resides in it.
“That he gave his only begotten son” is a statement that truly humbles me. Jesus Christ was and is Gods only son, conceived by a human woman but fathered by the spirit of God himself. In Luke 1:35 an angel tells Mary, the mother of Jesus, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” Jesus is, Gods child in human form and he gave him up to die on the cross for YOU! Maybe you believe this statement, but wonder if he gave his son to die for someone else. Maybe someone better than you or kinder than you or not as sinful or as weak as you. NO, Not True! He gave his only son, one he loved greatly for YOU. It’s personal; it’s a laser light shining on you.
Let’s dissect this for a moment. I can share with you that I could not nor would ever do that. I have two sons, and I would never give up either one of them for anyone else’s life or even their salvation. Can you imagine that? I cannot understand allowing your child to die so that others may reside in heaven someday. But, I am not God. I am human, and God is not. Thank goodness no one has to rely on me for their salvation. You have only to rely on God and his sacrifice of his son so that you can be saved. Saved for Heaven. Saved to walk and talk with God on a daily basis. To be with him moment by moment, second by second throughout your life. Trust me in this; he is great company!
Maybe you have wondered “Did God truly love his son?” Matthew 3:17 answers that question. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” In this scripture, God himself speaks and declares his son, Beloved! If you search Webster’s dictionary for the word beloved, the definition is, dearly loved and dear to the heart. Some synonyms listed are, cherished, precious, favorite. He indeed did love his son. He was precious to him, cherished above all. He was also proud of him. He states in his own voice “In whom I am well pleased!” He not only loved him but was proud of him.
I would love for you to try something. Insert your name in the scripture John 3:16. “For God so loved (Insert Name Here) that he gave his only begotten son, for if (Insert Name Here) believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
There are a number of years in my life that I would love to erase from my memory. 2016 was such a year. I had a year long struggle with one illness after another. Not one health issue but four different ones, one right after another. As I was writing this, I was propped up on my bed having just come home from the hospital because of a particularly evil stomach virus that ended with an ambulance ride. I confess that during this period, I had a lot of moments when I felt unloved. Have you ever been through a series of extremely painful circumstances and looked up to the sky and asked God “Are you trying to kill me?” Well, I have. So during my illness, I printed out John 3:16 with my name inserted in it and taped it up on the wall right next to my bed, so that every morning when I woke up and every night when I went to sleep, there it was!
A reminder of what God did so that I could spend eternity with him. He must really love me if he wants to spend that much time with me. Do it now for yourself. Insert your name. It’s for you, salvation for you. Love for a lifetime and beyond. Believe in the one God sent and YOU WILL NOT PERISH! YOU WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE!
- Do you believe in the promise of John 3:16?
- If not, why? What is holding you back?
- Do you feel unworthy of the gift that God is offering you? STOP! We are all unworthy and God offers this promise unconditionally.