Verse of the Day
John 3:16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Imagine this scene. People are dying in record numbers worldwide. Each week, another neighbor, friend or family member succumbs to a deadly strain of flu virus. Finally, you hear the long awaited announcement that a vaccine has been discovered and is now available to all. Getting the vaccine will save your life. Rejecting the vaccine means certain death. Would you think twice about getting the vaccine? Are you going to reject God's gift of eternal life?
"God so loved the world..."
God is the initiator. He first loved us - the whole world. This includes those that love Him, those that hate Him, those that believe in Him and those that reject Him. His love is never based on our response. No matter how much you've hated or rejected Him, His intense love for you NEVER changes. No where on earth, from any human being, can you ever experience this kind of love. God's love is so immense and perfect.
When your child grow up, leaves the home and begins to make decisions of his own, it pleases you when he chooses the values that you hold dear and when he stays in touch with you. If that child begins to reject these values or breaks off communication, does this change your love for him? It grieves you, but no, your love for him never changes. God's love is similar, although far more deep and perfect. He longs for you to turn to Him, to seek Him, to love Him, to communicate with Him.
"that He gave His only Son..."
When you love someone dearly and intensely, you are ready and willing to sacrifice your time, money, and effort for that person. And so it is with God. He willingly sacrificed what was dear to Him, Jesus, to save us because of His great love for us. God Himself became a human, Jesus, and sacrificed Himself so that we could be saved.
"that those who believe will not perish, but have everlasting life..."
Those who believe in Jesus are given an incredible gift - eternal life. But what does it mean to "believe in" Jesus? Belief is more than just an agreement that Jesus is God or that Jesus takes away your sin. Believing 'in' Him means that you put your trust in Him, that you invite Him into your heart, asking Him to change you. Get to know the Lord through prayer, reading God's word (bible) and obeying it. Without Him we can do very little. (See John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.")