For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
I had plenty of time over the past few days to meditate on the often repeated verse John 3:16. A long time ago I remember it being explained like this:
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 like that, and I want to share my personal meditations with you.
“For God so loved the world”
The motivating factor behind God’s redemptive plan for everyone is His love for us. He not only loves us, He so loves us! God’s love for you is the motivating cause of salvation.
“that He gave His only begotten Son”
Our salvation, the free pardoning of our sin, and the promise of abundant and
eternal life didn’t come without cost. Our salvation came at a great cost: God gave His only begotten Son.
“that whoever believes in Him”
Salvation is not spelled “d-o,” but “d-o-n-e.” Many people seem to think their good works are the pathway to eternal life. Consequently, they do this or do that, or they don’t do this or don’t do that, to earn salvation. But our salvation is done. It’s already purchased for us with the blood of Christ on the cross. Salvation’s condition is through faith in the Lord.
“should not perish but have everlasting life”
What a promise! Those without the Lord are perishing, but those in Christ have the eternal promise of everlasting life. And NOT from our own efforts or good deeds. The promise is to those who realize that God’s love reaches down to us, and was made possible through the payment of Christ, and is received by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Try to memorize this verse this week and meditate on the fact that “God so loved the world that He gave.” Yes, God knows you, loves you, and has a wonderful plan for your life. Amen!