John 3:16, “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, the Bible’s most famous verse, is power packed with the goodness of God. First we learn, “God so loved the world,” thus we know that because of God’s love the Father will always do what is best for us. He deeply cares and has concern for His creation. He is not like the immoral pagan gods of Greek mythology who only desire to manipulate mankind for their own selfish gain.
Second, we learn, “that He gave his one and only Son,” thus we are given the greatest gift of heaven- Jesus Himself. Jesus didn’t come to be served, but rather to serve. In turn, His gift to us was not only His sinless life upon the earth, but His gruesome sacrifice upon the cross for our sins.
Third, “that whoever believes in Him shall not perish,” teaches us that God doesn’t require works of religion to be saved but simply desires us to “believe in Him.” As a result, everyone can be delivered from perishing forever in the lake of fire with a simple act of faith.
Lastly, the great promise of eternal life is given to all who believe in Jesus. When you consider the depth of this verse one can only be in awe of the great compassion and mercy of God. For God didn’t send His Son into the world to condemn us but rather He came to save us and give us life without end.
Therefore, you have a great promise today from Jesus, backed up by God the Father, and enacted by the Holy Spirit that you will live forever with God. And that new life started the moment you were born again. Even though your earthly body will die one day, your soul and spirit will live on and be united to a new heavenly body at the resurrection. And you will live forever with the Lord of Glory!
- Take a few moments to mediate on John 3:16 and the great love God has for you.
- Begin to praise and thank God for His precious gift.
- Live everyday for Jesus, because you have a promise to live forever with Him!