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
A verse we should all be familiar with from a very young age. For me, I don’t think I ever truly understood the verse with the power it holds because I learned it so long ago, it was just a nice verse that was easy to learn as a kid and the most frequently taught. I believe that it is a good verse to learn as a child because it gives us the foundation of what salvation means whether we grasp it right away or not.
But over time, does it become just a sideline verse that is nice to hear but we lose sight of the true love being explained in it?
“For God so loved the world..” His love for the world He created was so great even with all the evil in it.
He cast Adam and Eve out of the garden because they allowed temptation to lead to disobedience. To me, they had everything they would ever need along with the presence of God but still it wasn’t enough. Contentment and satisfaction come from where we stand with the Lord outside of circumstances, not from what we possess at any moment of life.
He left Moses and the Israelites in the desert for 40 years longer than planned because they wouldn’t let go of their way and being a swinging door to swaying Gods way once and living for Him.
He flooded the earth because the evil in the world was so heartbreaking.
He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of the evil and sinful ways they chose to live.
So many more things whether accounted for or not that Gods love could be turned away, but yet after all that…”God so loved the world that He gave His ONLY Son…”
Pastor Chris Hodges of Church of the Highlands gave an example from his personal experience yesterday of what this would be like for one of us to give up a child so he could bear the sins others accumulated so they would be saved. Truly powerful and something we could all relate to of how hard and how deep Gods love is for us.
The most important word that may get overlooked is “whoever”. He not only gave up His only Son, but he did it knowing he was dieing for those who would never choose Him and His free gift along with the ones who would.
Have you ever had anyone pay for your bill at a restaurant whether anonymous or someone dining with you?
What is the feeling you get?
I feel extremely thankful and sometimes still wonder why? Why did they feel they should pay for our meal that they didn’t even eat? Reasons we wonder and sometimes unsure of how we feel about a gift like this could be feelings of unworthiness or pride.
My parents and all the wonder and love that comes with them, love to do this! Even if we ask them to come eat with us and intend paying for ourselves, they step in and bless us. That is something they get joy out of so it is my place to rob them of that gift? They don’t do it out of obligation (hopefully), they do it out of love.
If you have ever payed for another persons meal, then you should know the feeling that comes from blessing someone in that way no matter how small or big. You did it hoping to show your love for them, or just brighten their day.
This is the heart of God. Should we rob Him of his joy? He did something so unbelievable for our minds to fathom to show just how deep His love goes. Some still choose to not accept it because they are left so confused as to why that they focus on the why more than the what.
Why? Because He loves you for you.
What? The gift of freedom, salvation, relationship, family, eternity, paradise, love, forgiveness, acceptance, joy, laughter and the list goes on and on…
The way Pastor Chris put it yesterday that makes me fall more in love with God is that “We are accepted where we are but loved too much to leave us there.”
The beauty of salvation and relationship with Christ is that we are unworthy to receive it but worth receiving.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. -Galatians 2:21
If you want to receive a better picture of Gods love and grace then I encourage you to watch the link above of Pastor Chris’ sermon yesterday. So beautifully put!
My desire is to lead you to thirst for more and for God to take you on your own special journey. I share my revelations from Him so hopefully you will find your own through Him. I pray you have already received His gift but if not, I hope you now know how you can.
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. -Romans 10:13
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your[a] life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. -Colossians 3:1-4