“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 (ESV)
It’s a verse that if you only know one Bible verse chances are it’s that one. Most people who’ve grown up around a Christian culture or society have heard it. It’s what we as Christians rely on every day. God’s love… Because God’s love provided Christ by whom we are saved. He died and rose again so that we too can rise again to a greater existence. Through the lens of Christ’s sacrifice for us we can see life differently. Tragedy can turn to triumph, loss to gain, and sorrow to joy.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:17 (ESV)
Maybe life is looking pretty bleak right now. Maybe sorrow is overcoming or guilt is overwhelming. Maybe the hardships of life have you feeling that there is no point. Maybe hope is fading along with the sense of purpose you once felt. Or you’re perfectly content. Whatever place in life you’re in right now, Christ is still there. He’s still in love with you. His sacrifice still counts. His condemnation is still gone. If you believe…
“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” – John 3:18-19 (ESV)
Love is not created equal. Obviously there are different types of love. Romantic love, love for friends, love of things. But there is only one love that saves. In Greek it’s called Agape Love. In English we say it’s unconditional love. It’s something we hope for from our closest friends and family. But the truth is, God is the only one we can know that loves us truly unconditionally. I pray we get to know His love. I pray we feel His love more and more in our lives. I pray that we choose to love Him. Because all the love in the world means very little without the Creator of love. Jesus’ love saves. It gives hope. It provides purpose.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16 (ESV)
What is the Gospel? It is simply the message of the love of Christ for you and for me. And it is very good news.
God Loves You,