This single verse of Scripture is the cornerstone of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It alone speaks volumes of the value of mankind’s covenant relationship with God and the fulfillment of that covenant. God promised that one day, man would be restored to his rightful place in the Kingdom. A kingdom that was created by God, for the glory of God, to be inhabited by man and constructed to be everlasting. Man was created by God His glory and His glory alone, we are His first love.
However, somewhere between Genesis 1:1 and John 3:16 something went dreadfully wrong. Maybe it was Satan’s penchant for deception, Eve’s misquoting the words of God and-or Adams weakness for fresh fruit. None-the-less, the first man and woman was tossed out of Eden and the right to everlasting life was taken away. Ever since man has been feverishly trying to work his way back to right-standing with God and have the restoration of everlasting life. Sorrowfully, I must admit we have failed miserably over the centuries and the failure continues today.
Old Testament Scripture provide many examples that illustrate God’s unwavering love and covenant relationship with his greatest creation, man. Likewise, there are many examples of man’s contempt, disdain and outright rejection of the love of God, preferring to love himself and the world more. The see-saw effect of this relationship has hindered the evolution of the Father-Child relationship and the benefits thereof to the children of God. Although, some of us reluctantly display our affection for the Father, He has never failed to show His love for us.
In John 3:16 God clearly demonstrates His love for all of us, and for everything that exists on planet Earth. Every bee, bug, insect, fish, fowl, cat, dog, yes even the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees—this is the world of God’s creation. John tells us that “God so loved the world” implying He loved it dearly, beyond our everyday comprehension and pathetic definitions of love.
Just how much is “so”? That he gave! Think about it for a moment, He did not loan, offer, sell, trade or barter, He simply gave. And what did he give? His only begotten Son.
My friends, brothers and sisters, I pray that you will come to understand the magnitude, the gravity and power of this single verse of scripture as you understand no other. And I pray that God will bless you now, with the wisdom and understanding, an open mind and a receptive heart in Jesus’ name, to take these words into your life.
We must understand John 3:16 because the Law and teachings of Moses and all the prophets of God are hinged on it. Your life depends on it, where your soul will spend eternity depends on it. If you and I are half as intelligent as we have led ourselves to believe that we are, we would come to understand how important it is to get a deathlike-grip on John 3:16, and never let go.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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