L o v e.
A word used so much but not shown enough. As a teenager who started attending church, I used to think everyone (Christians & Non-Christians) knew John 3:16 but the more I went through life, I was surprised to hear that knowledge of this verse was not as common as I had thought.
To save you some time, John 3:16 (KJV) says,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
When I say the word, “LOVE” what comes to you mind?
- Your significant other
- Your spouse
- Your children
- A best friend
- Giving to others (materially, financially)
- Receiving from others (materially, financially)
As you can see from this list, I didn’t put “God” at the top of the list because it’s not as common for God to come to mind FIRST. Many think of their significant other, whether it’s a husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
Why? People think of someone or something that is tangible. Things that can be touched, seen, felt. Because He is a spirit, God cannot be touched, seen, or felt physically. (John 4:24a; John 1:18). BUT, that doesn’t mean that God is not love!
Today, we will talk about the Greatest LOVE that anyone can ever have.
- God so loved the world…
A STRONG STATEMENT & FACT. God didn’t just love the world, He SO loved the world. He loved the world so much that He was compelled to do something – he gave!
2. That he gave his only begotten Son…
Christmas is just around the corner! In fact, TODAY is the official start of Autumn or Fall! This is my favorite time of the year (Sweater-Weather Time) and then after Fall, it’ll be Christmas Time! (Don’t judge me for playing my Christmas Playlist already!) It will be here before you know it! But during Christmas, GIVING is the norm! Parents break their banks just to get their children gifts (my husband already got my first daughter one of her presents, tsk-tsk), spouses go a “little” over their budget to get those special gifts for him/her, grandparents get their grandchildren gifts that they probably will only use for a week and won’t even care after that, (while the parents are thinking, “Can we just have $$$ instead? LOL!) and so on! I will have a whole blog about Christmas-Time when it’s here but for now, let’s get back to #2!
Because God loved the world so much, he gave. Well, what did he give? He gave His Son, Jesus. To do what? To die on the cross with the sins of the world “placed” upon His back. Well, what does that have to do with me? My friend, it has EVERYTHING TO DO WITH YOU. I often tell children, if you were the only person in this world, God would have still sent his Son to die for you because that’s how much he loved you!
If you’re a parent, can you imagine having your son (or daughter) die for the sins of E V E R Y O N E- your enemies & people that haven’t even been born yet, not knowing what kind of people they’re going to turn out to be? I HAVE NEVER MET A PARENT who said to me, “Yeah, sure, I’ll let my child die for the sins of everyone!” If I did, I would have smacked him across the head (JUST KIDDING!). No, being the human being that I am, I would respond, “Are you CUH-RAZY?!? Dude, you are out of your mind!
But THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT GOD DID!
He loved you so much that he sacrificed his Son and some might even consider him crazy! Was God out of his mind? In my opinion, YES. But not in the way you’re thinking. Our minds can only comprehend so much. When God allowed HIS ONLY SON to die for the world – past, present, & future, he had YOU in MIND & having you in mind was more important than having his Son alive at that moment. God hates sin so much that there needed to be a payment for it and that was death (Romans 6:23a) – T H E D E A T H O F H I S O N E & O N L Y S O N!!!
3. that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life…
THERE IS HOPE! I believe what I believe because of THIS HOPE! If it weren’t for this HOPE, my belief would be in vain. If John 3:16 just said, “For God so loved the world”, it wouldn’t make sense, because the word “for” is a preposition, meaning that it is a connecting word – it glues a noun or pronoun into a sentence. It goes on to say, “that he gave his only begotten Son”.
Some may think, “Aww…that’s so sweet; he gave his Son.” Others (like me) think, “Aww… that’s sad; he let his Son die?” If the verse stopped there, the hope that many Christians have right now wouldn’t be the same hope, simply because it just says (paraphrased), “God loves you so much that he gave his Son.” (Oh——kay.) I guess that’s good. People are left with room to doubt and that is not what God wanted; He wanted to assure them so the verse continues…
“that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life”
BOOM!!! There it is! God assures us of HOPE! Simply, if anyone – you, me, your mom, your dad, (maybe your cat or dog – Jk – I am still trying to ask God if he could allow the pets into Heaven) A N Y O N E believes in him (JESUS) they will not perish (die & go to hell) but will live in Heaven F O R E V E R!!!
How awesome is that?!?
If you don’t think that’s awesome, I don’t know what to say to you! . Seriously, if you just simply believe in him – believe that He loves you so much that He died on the cross for YOUR SINS and CHOOSE to accept Him as your PERSONAL LORD & SAVIOUR, then you can LIVE FOREVER, in Heaven! Just as God had a choice in whether He should give His only begotten Son, YOU HAVE A CHOICE – to accept the One who died for you or to reject him.
IN CONCLUSION, what is LOVE?
(I came up with an acronym [I LOVE ACRONYMS] to help us remember love in another way)
TIMELESS TRUTH: It is Letting Others’ Value be Exposed. God saw that we human beings had value and worth and chose to expose or show that by giving the nearest & dearest to Him, to die for us.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I know it was long but I sure hope that it was a help to you. Please come on back as we go over L.O.V.E (part 2) next Friday!
If you want to know more about accepting Jesus Christ as your Personal Lord & Savior, please contact me with your info. I would love to share to you how making that decision changed my life FOREVER & FOR GOOD!
By God’s Grace,