For God So Loved…May 29, 2014
“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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” ~John 3:16-17
“For God so loved the world,” God so loved us (the world, or your name). Do you know that God loves the world and that part of that world is you and me? God loves us so much that “he gave.” He gave so deeply of himself, that he gave his one and only Son, not because he had to but because he so loved us.
Did I do anything to deserve God-loving me so, and giving so much? No not me! But “whosoever believeth in him should not perish.” Whosoever includes me, and if I then believe in the one and only Son of God I will not perish. If I believe in the one and only Son of God, I will not die, and if I don’t die then I will live.
It was because of God’s great love for us that he gave his only Son. It is hard sometimes to understand a love so great that would give so much. If we would only believe in him death is not the verdict or the end, but a passage way into eternal life. God loves us and desires for us to spend eternity with him that he was willing to send his Son to make it possible.
Talking about the gift of God’s Son and the cross, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor once said “what kind of man must I be for it to take that for my salvation?” So what kind of God is willing to let his Son come and die in our place, a God who loved us dearly?
Many people mistakenly think God wants to condemn the world. That God wants to punish the world. The plan all along is to provide his Son, the Way, the Truth, and the Life for us. I love the way The Message translation reads here, “God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” John 3:17 MSG
God loves you and me, sent his Son to die for us, so that we could spend eternity with Him. I know of no greater love in the whole world.
God loves you, me, and the whole world, and that really is good news.