Have you ever been in love? Experienced a type in love in any way? Are you in love now? What would you do for those people you love so dearly? Many people have very different ways of expressing love but there is one person who gave the ultimate sacrifice and gift for his never-ending love for us.
What do you mean? Well I mean John 3:16..
John 3:16 tell us that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not perish but will have eternal life.”
Now I know you’re probably thinking yea yea, I’ve heard that over and over I could recite it in my sleep. Believe me, I know, I could too. But do me a favor and read it again. Go ahead.
That love, that unconditional, never ending love. God loves us so much that he sent his son. His only son for us. All we have to do is believe in him and we will have eternal life. Now that’s a gift of love if I’ve ever seen one.
Dr. O.S. Hawkins explains this verse some more when he writes, “If we ever memorize a verse of Scripture, it will most likely be John 3:16. It is the verse most often heard in the simplicity and beauty of a little child’s voice proudly reciting it from memory. John 3:16 is the one verse showing up on large placards at football games and other major sporting events. Those signs are located where television cameras cannot avoid its message. This is the one verse that has been spoken by many older saints as they breathed their final breath.
John 3:16 is the entire gospel in a nutshell.
Angel Martinez, the late evangelist who had memorized the entire New Testament, referred to John 3:16 as salvation’s formula and observed that it contained four very insightful truths. It is the gospel in one verse. John 3:16 reveals to us salvation’s cause, its cost, its condition, and its consequence.”
I found this breakdown on the link listed below that was quoted as a “wise old sage” describing the verse is below.
For God... the greatest Lover
so loved… the greatest degree
the world… the greatest company
that He gave… the greatest act
His only begotten Son… the greatest gift
that whoever… the greatest opportunity
believes… the greatest simplicity
in Him… the greatest attraction
should not perish… the greatest promise
but… the greatest difference
have… the greatest certainty
everlasting life… the greatest possession.”
I just found this and I love it. It simply states the simplicity of each portion of scripture but perfectly outlines the greatness of each aspect and the impact it has on us.
This scripture may be one of the most straight forward, comprehendible and simply stated truth of scripture to me. It leaves no questions, no doubt, and hands you the facts stating that belief in him equals eternal life.
Take this verse, yes, one that you already know and have recited to memory for years now but cherish it more right now. Understand the gift and love you have received from God himself and remember it this holiday season. Reflect on everything you have to be thankful for and love one another. That’s all that God wants, and once again, Live Scripture Strong.Content Credit: http://www.faithgateway.com/john-3-16/#.WibLBpN96u4