For the next 47 days - from now till Easter, my home church is using a home grown prayer guide. For each day, a ministry leader in our body has written a meditation.
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I wanted to share with you today's entry from my friend, Joe Battaglia on John 3:16-17.
John 3:16,17 Joe Battaglia, Leadership Council
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. - John 3:16-17 NASB
John 3:16 may be the most familiar verse in the Bible. But, it’s not just about salvation or eternal life. If we stop there, we miss the additional significance of these verses. A more careful study reveals something deep about the nature of God and two areas of insight into the nature of His Love.
First, love gives. For God so loved the world, He gave. In order to best express itself, love must give. Love is not love if it’s self-contained. Jesus warns us that hoarding things for ourselves is not just selfish, it’s so unlike God. If we seek to become more like Him, we must give. And when we give of ourselves, we parallel the actions of God the Father who also gave of Himself because His nature demanded it. God loved His creation to such a degree that He was willing to sacrifice a part of Himself to reclaim it.
Second, love saves. Godly love implicitly reveals that there’s a value to saving something. The degree of how much we are willing to give or sacrifice underscores the importance we attach to the object of that salvation. To that end, God relinquished His Son, an almost unfathomable thought, which indicates the degree of love He had for the world. And for me. And for you.
God’s love gives and saves. Ours should do similarly. Only then can we become visible expressions of the invisible God.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. - Colossians 1:15 NASB