This morning driving to work and listening to KLove as usual, they were discussing that today should be National John 3:16 day because of the date. They then challenged people to post it on their Facebook, Twitter, or wherever to call attention to one of the most well known verses in scripture.
Well, of course, I posted it on my Facebook. I am going to tag this post on my Twitter account as well. At the same time, I pondered the verse on the drive to work because they had read it out of several different versions and it wasn't different in the message but the wording was a little different. Probably one of the first verses that many of us memorized. Maybe one of the only ones that you know. Yes, today could be John 3:16 day but if you came down to it there could actually be a verse for every day of the year if you thought about it to match the way that we write the verses out.
OK, let's get back to the verse.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Now, just let that sink into your brain and your heart for a minute.
Let's really look at this.
For God so love the world- God, the Creator, Master, All-Knowing, and many other titles and characteristics that we could name, loved this world. He knew that we would need Him. We can't function the way He desires without Him. He loved the world. The whole world and everyone in it. EVERYONE!!! He created each and everyone. He knows them by name. He knows the color of their hair, the color of their eyes, and down to how many hairs are on their head. He created them and loves them. From the beginning to the end, He loves all of us. That in itself is enough to make you want to fall on your face.
That He gave His One and Only Son- What a sacrifice. I mean, let's ponder this for a moment. You have one child. One. Would you be willing to sacrifice your ONE child. One child for the salvation of those people that have sinned, turned away from you, go in their own direction, calling them stiff-necked, and stubborn. Would you give up your Son for them? HE DID!!!! HE DID FOR ME AND FOR YOU!!!!!! Can you imagine? I personally can't wrap my brain around it. I can't fathom giving up my child for such but HE DID!!!!!!! He did because He loves us. Oh what a sacrifice.
That whosoever believes in Him - This is where the rubber meets the road so to speak. Whosoever believes in Him. You have to make a choice. Do you believe? When we believe in Him, that will require action. Believing in him requires us to put it to work and get busy for Him. He gave His life for you and now you are to give your life to be busy and active looking to bring others to Christ. Looking for ways to share Him, His Love and His Sacrifice and the life He has given you with others.
Will not perish but have everlasting life - WHAT A GIFT!!!!!! WOW!!!! AMAZING!!!!!! To realize that He loved me and you so very much that He sacrificed His Son and because I believe in that sacrifice and what He did for me that I want to share it, I will enjoy eternity with Him. We have that choice to make of Heaven or Hell. Choosing Christ, loving and believing Him with all that is within you, and the thought of spending eternity with Him in Heaven........... I can't wait!!!!!!!!! To be able to sit at His feet in worship every day- all day- and never have to leave His presence. Can you imagine how awesome that will be? Oh the joy!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!! is all I can say. This life is so full of ups and downs and the day in and day out and to be there with Him- face-to-face......Oh what a glorious day that will be.
All of that being said, I hope that as you read the verses that we all know and love and will quote at the drop of the hat. Think about those things. I mean really think. Then, take sometime and thank Him for what He has done for you!!!!!!!!
Doula Mama Pam