“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
I went through the first 36 years of my life pretty much worry free. I use to kid my best friend Mike, a constant worrier, that he worried enough for both of us. Then I married Gail and instantly I had a step daughter, Tara, to worry about. Then two years later Amy was born and then Daniel. Now I had three kids to worry about. It only got worse when they learned to drive. It is amazing what goes through your mind after dark and the kids are not home yet. No matter how I tried I would think what if they had a serious accident?
They vary idea of having a child die is a parent’s worst fear. How could I ever get through something like that? Yet, God sends His one and only Son to earth with the goal of dying on a cross. How could God do that? One word, love. God loves you and He love me so much that he sent Jesus down to earth to make the sacrifice necessary to reconcile each one of us to Him. God did this freely.
It is a good thing this was not up to me. If the world relied on me to sacrifice one of my kids then we would still be in our sins un-reconciled to God. Fortunately it is not up to me or any of us. Only God could make such a sacrifice. He did it because he loved the world so much.
But even with this sacrifice we still need to believe. We must accept Jesus’ sacrifice. We need to accept that He died for us and was raised bodily and ascended to heaven. In order to receive God’s free gift of salvation we must believe. Believe in Him, believe in His sacrifice, and believe in the resurrection. We must believe. When we do that we receive the priceless gift of salvation. We will not perish but have eternal life and have that eternal life in the presence of God.
Such a short verse, one sentence, but in that one sentence lays all the love of God and our eternal hope.
Have a blessed day,