Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” vs. 16

John 3:13-17

Most people have at least a passing familiarity with this most famous verse from John’s gospel. Even those who don’t know the words can recall having seen the chapter and verse. With that kind of notoriety, it’s unlikely that we’re going to discover anything new in its words. This is the gospel at its core, the most succinct description of the Christian message ever written. Two things are emphasized: the love of God and the faith of believers. Even though we live in a broken world, it’s important to remember that the sacrificial love of God is unconditional and limitless, and the whole world, blemishes and all, is included. Jesus is for all people! And while not all people believe that they are loved by God or that Jesus is the Son of God, those who do believe receive the gift of new life, now and forever. This does not mean that those who do not believe are condemned–that isn’t a part of God’s plan or purpose. It means only that in this world, as we live and breathe, they lack the assurance of God’s love and forgiveness. They don’t know grace! Which is why John wrote his gospel–he wanted all people to know the love of God and the forgiveness that is ours through Jesus. It’s a beautiful story–and our call is to pass it on!

Thought for the Day: What does John 3:16 mean to those who don’t believe it?


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