Thursday, December 12, 2013

John 3:16 - So familiar, so powerful

Is there a verse more familiar than this one?
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
I wonder if all of us memorized this verse at some point in our lives? Either as small children, or as a new Christian, or perhaps later in life, as a comforting verse.....

I think that one reason it is so familiar and so loved, is that it is such a wonderful summary of the gospel!
I approach this study with trepidation....how in the world can I add anything to all that has been said and preached about this verse? Perhaps I'll not be adding anything, simply reminding all of us of the power, goodness and mercy that is wrapped up in this small package!

It's God's providence, I believe, that brings us to this study at this time of year: the season that humans have selected to celebrate the coming of Christ in the manger. I hope that it will be meaningful for all of us.
Next week we will open up this verse, this beautifully wrapped package, and discover all over again, the peril we humans are in, the plan that God decided on to rescue us, the process of believing, and the present we will ultimately receive. Please pray with me that we will refresh our wonder and joy at God's love and mercy as we study.

See you next week!
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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