“For God so loved the world…” Just by prompting you with those six words, you probably can finish the verse. For those that have even just a few years of church, these are familiar words. But not to everybody. After Tim Tebow wore ‘John 3:16’ on his eye black in the national championship game a few years back, over 90 million people googled it.
It is a powerful verse. It is the gospel message in a nutshell. On a communal level, sometimes the message is hard to fathom. When one sees all of the violence, hatred, abuse, prejudice, injustice… in the world, it is hard to understand how God could love this world so much as to send His only Son into it. But that is just how much He loves this broken world.
Then I think about this verse on a personal level. When I consider how long I have known and been in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and look hard at my life some days, I think, ‘Even me?’ In spite of all the times I fail to do what you lead me to and all of the times I sin, You still love me? Yes He does. God loves all of us this way. Wow!
The reality is that God would send His Son to die for just one of us. He loves each of us that much. But God sent Jesus to all of us – for each and every person who lives or has lived from the time Jesus walked the earth until the time He returns in glory. For God so loved this broken, hurting, fallen world so much that He sent His one and only Son to save this world. He loves the world that much. He loves you and me that much. Thanks be to God for His great love!!
Scripture reference: John 3: 16-17