Reading: John 3: 16-17
These two verses summarize the love of God for mankind. God sent His only Son for you and I. God sent Jesus so that we could believe in Him and have a personal relationship with Him, so that one day we could share in eternal life with Him. It is a wonderful example of love. It was a great sacrifice. It is the best gift the world could ever receive. Just to be sure we understand the gift, the second verse reminds us that Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save it.
God’s unconditional and unlimited love is for the world, for everyone. Whether or not one worships God, God loves us all. Whether or not one lives according to God’s ways, God loves all of us. God desires for each of us to step within His love to claim our birthright as a child of God. God wants each of us to enter our eternal rest. Jesus came to open the way to God for all people, to provide a path that all people can walk. Jesus modeled the way to eternal life during His earthly ministry. Just as God’s love is for all people, love guided Jesus in all He did or said. This is how Jesus saves the world – through love.
Do all people accept God’s love? No. Do those who accept His love always follow God’s ways? Nope. Do those who strive to follow His ways live a life without sin? Certainly not. In spite of all this, God still loves us. In spite of who we are at times, God does not condemn us. God knows who and what we are and loves us anyway. God knew who and what we were, and God still sent Jesus, so that through His sacrifice, we could all enter our eternal rest. It is unconditional love and the ultimate sacrifice rolled up into the greatest gift we have ever been given. It is a gift meant to be shared.
Each day, as we live out our life as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we are called to share this gift with others. We are called to let the whole world know that God loves them. We share the gift so that all may one day live in the personal relationship with Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. To the ends of the world we go!