Perhaps the most well-known verse in the Bible is John 3:16. This verse has been quoted as a favorite verse of many and even gained attention this last football season with Tim Tebow. But, have you ever stopped to consider what it means?
For this week’s Sunday Post, I want to very simply unpack this verse. For future reference, I have decided that my Sunday post will be a very simple post. I want to highlight God’s Word on the Lord’s Day and let God speak.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
God creates mankind and is rejected by His creation. Yet, God, by His very nature, loves His people. He wants to demonstrate His grace in their lives. Over the course of history, over and over again God has done whatever it takes to call His people back to Himself. The culmination of this was His perfect Son entering the world to die for the sin of man.
God loved you so much that He let His perfect Son die. Can you even imagine that? I have four children and the thought that they would suffer for anything they didn’t do is unbearable. Yet, even in the rejection, God showed His love to us. Then after providing this forgiveness, so many still don’t believe.
This verse is not one of condemnation. This verse is not offensive. You are loved by the God of the Universe who, by His mercy and grace, offered Himself to save sinners like you and I. This is the good news!
Yes, this verse is an important verse and is a favorite for a reason. But, let’s not forget the meaning behind it because of its well known status. It is in Jesus Christ that we receive eternal life. God did not have to do this for us, but He loves us.
As you enjoy a day of worship, I have enclosed a song below for you to listen to and let minister to you today. No matter who you are, where you have been, or what sort of challenges you are up against, you need to know that God loves you and He has proven it!