“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.” (John 3:16)
This is probably the best known and most loved verse in all the Bible. You could say it is the theme of the entire Bible. At my church, our pastor has been going through this well-known verse, statement by statement. At the start of a new year and a new decade, I thought it might be a good idea for us to examine this verse.
“For God” tells us that God exists, in fact the original language suggests that He is the all-powerful, creator God. This is the foundation for our belief system—there is a personal God who made us and cares for us.
“God loves” is the next phrase. Not only does God exist, but He is the God of love. In all other religions, man is trying to get to a god and please him. But, our God saw that we could not do this, and because He loved us so much, He came to find us. That is what Christmas is all about: Immanuel, God with us.
“God gives” us the best gift we could ever get—His one and only Son who came to us to die for us and allow us to meet God. Jesus’ death on the cross was the gift of all gifts. But we need to believe and accept this great gift.
Best of all this verse tells us that “God saves.” We deserve to perish, our sins condemned us to eternal death. But God, has made “everlasting life” available to “whosoever,” that means you and me. All we need to do is believe and accept the perfect work of Christ on the cross.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
What a great God!
Question: Have you accepted the free gift of God? If so, who do you need to tell about this great gift?
Challenge: “Whosoever” is you and everyone you know. Let them know about our great God.
Prayer: Thank You for being our great God. Help us this year to grow to know you better and to tell others about you.
Jack Hughes, Chapel Leader -- Phillies Spring Training