John 3:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 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.
Every once in a while we find a succinct statement that sums up a series of themes in a neat sentence. No, we’re not talking about “Lather, rinse, repeat.” John 3:16 is fascinating because in one verse we find the fullness of God’s message in a nutshell.
We learn that God so loved. God’s love was not a pitying love of pure emotion, but a practical love. God saw our sinfulness, and He loved. He expressed His love by the greatness of the gift of His Son. When sin would drag us down to perish in the awful pit, Christ died and went there as our substitute.
Sin separated us from God. Jesus’ resurrection connects us again to a life-giving God, to an eternal life where we know that God is love. By faith we enter into this relationship. In our sin, deserving of death, we could do no good works to dig ourselves out of our hole. By God’s grace, He extends salvation as a gift, obtained by believing in His Son. What a message! What a gift!
– From 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.
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