“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Were there ever any more comforting or hopeful words written than these? God loves us so much that he sacrificed his own Son for our sake. Jesus came to us as Savior, Messiah, and teacher. Once his followers were ready to continue the ministry, Jesus went to the cross willingly.
We read the words of John 3:16 frequently at church and in our own Bible studies. We even sing the words, but when we stop long enough to ponder the meaning of each word, the full impact of John’s message amazes us with its power. God actually offered up his Son as atonement for our sins. Think of it. Jesus died a horrible death that our sins might be forgiven. It is difficult for our human brains to fathom the depth of love it would take to do that. That would be a wonderful gift by itself, but God goes a step further. He offers us eternal life through his Son’s sacrifice. What a loving God we serve! He wants to spend eternity with us. When I think of that, I feel so unworthy. Who am I that the Creator of all the universe and beyond cares whether or not I spend eternity with Him? God’s only condition is that we believe in Jesus as the Christ.
There is no way we can earn our way to heaven. The price of admission was paid by Jesus. Our part of this wonderful gift is to accept Jesus into our hearts and believe in all he taught during his brief sojourn on earth. While God’s promise is wonderful, we have the responsibility to live in a way which honors God. It isn’t always easy but it is a life full of love, devotion, and service. Everything we do or say should reflect who we are—God’s children, redeemed by the blood of Jesus.
As we go about our daily lives, whether running a corporation or simply washing the dishes, our lives should reflect who and whose we are. Our lives should shine so brightly with God’s love that others are led to Jesus through us. We don’t all have to be pastors or missionaries to demonstrate to all the world that we live differently, a life filled with joy, contentment, and love.
Prayer: thank you, God, for sending your Son to us. We praise you and want to serve you in all we do. Help us to live as children of the King and spread the Good News through our actions and words. Amen.