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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

God's Love (John 3:16)

Could it be that our biggest obstacle, the thing that holds us back from attaining true joy, contentment, peace, and fulfillment is not understanding the depth of God's love for us? Who do you love more than anything? Would you be willing to give your life for them?

Did you have to think about it for a minute as to whether you would give your life for someone else?

What if what you had to go through was a terrible beating; one that lasted for hours?

What if you were also falsely accused, put on trial, stripped down to your underwear and publicly nailed to a cross with your family and the world around you watching?

What if the person you were giving your life for didn't believe in you and didn't love you?

What if on that cross you had to endure death by excruciating pain for 6 hours?

Finally you could not physically inhale to take the next breath you needed because of that pain shooting through your entire body.

That's what Jesus chose to endure for us. That's what it took to pay the debt of our sins, your sins and my sins.

Jesus, who is God, the second person of the trinity, who has always existed, stepped down off of his throne to endure ridicule, slander, torture, and death in our place.

It was our sins that put Him on that cross. He could have chosen not to endure it. But because of his great love for us and not wanting any to perish, He did it anyway.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.

Jesus chose to die on that cross to give us the chance to choose eternal life. He is patiently waiting for each of us to make that choice.

All He asks is that we repent and believe in His sacrifice in our place:

Mark 1:14-15 Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel."

What is the gospel? The gospel is the understanding that our sin separates us from God for all eternity. We can never do enough good to pay the price for even one of our sins, in this life or in the next life.

We can't be just a good person and be with God when we die.

We can't do enough good works to be with God when we die.

We can't go to church enough to be with God when we die.

It took Jesus dying on that cross to pay the debt of our sins. Realizing the cost of our sins, should result in us choosing to turn away from our sins and turn to Jesus, believing, and trusting in Him.

As we confess our sins and pledge our life to Him, as the Lord God of our life, his Holy Spirit comes within us and changes us.

His Holy Spirit gives us understanding of the Scriptures.

His Holy Spirit gives us a thirst to draw close to Him through His Word, worship, and prayer. The Holy Spirit guides, directs, leads, and completes us.

It is through the Holy Spirit that we find our purpose, the meaning of our lives, and finally feel complete, fulfilled, at peace, and experience the joy that we can only have when we are united with God through Jesus' sacrifice in our place.

Today is 3:16.

Who could you share the meaning of John 3:16 with today?

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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