“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.”John 3:16
The verse is an alphabet of grace, a table of contents to the Christian hope, each word a safe-deposit box of jewels. read it again, slowly and aloud, and note the word that snatches your attention.
“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.”
God so loved this world? Heartbreakers, hope-snatchers, and dream-dousers prowl this orb. Dictators rage. Abusers inflict. Reverends think they deserve the title.
But God loves. And he loves the world so much he gave his: Declarations? Rules? Dicta? Edicts?
No. the heart-stilling, mind-bending, deal-making-or-breaking claim of John 3:16 is this: God gave his son . . . his only son.
Not abstract ideas but a flesh-wrapped divinity.
Why? so that “whoever believes in him shall not perish.”
Want to know more? Download Chapter One of 3:16, The Numbers of Hope (PDF). from author, Max Lucado.