John 3:16

Friday, April 13, 2018

A few years back, I was talking to a fellow pastor, a friend of mine, about the old time revivals that churches used to have twice a year that went for two weeks at a time, and if God was moved by them, they would last longer. He told me that he read somewhere that a pastor at one of those old time revivals had brought a different message each night for two whole weeks on just one verse in the Bible — John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

I got to thinking about this and I thought, it would be neat to break it down into parts that would make a sermon each night, and so this is what I came up with…

(For God) the one and only, the creator of all things, alfa and omega, the potter, the father of all, the I am, the lord and master, the most high, the exalted one, the all power and all seeing one, the judge and ruler, the all forgiving and merciful one, the living eternal God. (So loved) deep, enduring concern for us, his children. A deep caring for our welfare, affection, true friendship, having the highest and purest love that can ever be given to anyone or anything. (The world) round rock floating through space among the stars that all of his creation lives on, also, all the people that live or ever have lived. (That he) again, God, (gave) an act of unselfishness, to hand over without cost or exchange, to present as a gift, to show true love and kindness. (His) again, God (only) one, being a single thing, no duplicates. (Begotten) past perfect form of beget. Greek word meaning unique, one and only, one of a kind. (Son) a male descendant, Jesus Christ, lord of lords, king of kings, Heaven’s perfect lamb, the conquerer of evil. (That whosoever) everybody, you, me, and everyone whoever lived, is living or will ever live in our world. (Believeth) to understand and except without question. (In him) again, Jesus Christ. (Should not perish) shall not be destroyed or cease to exist, shall not be lost. (But have) to receive something you did not have, to gain more then you had. (Everlasting) time without end, to continue to exist without end, no ending. (Life) the ultimate gift of God, living, alive, with a conscious, to breathe, smell, see, hear, touch and to think.

When it’s broke down like this, I can see where you could put together quite a few sermons with just that one verse. Ain’t God awesome in putting this one verse in the Bible that can teach us so much and the most important message in this verse I think is (love). You can find examples of love all through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus himself said when asked what the most important commandment in the law was, was to love the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Matthew 22: 36-39.

Jesus put a whole lot of emphasis on “love,” so much that he went to the cross and died for all of us, past, present and future, to show us how much he loved us. Could we do the same? He tells us that we should love each other the same way that he loves us. Is that asking to much from us? Sometimes it’s hard to show love to another in some cases, but we must try to stop in those situations and ask ourselves, WWJD, (What Would Jesus Do) and you will get the answer. “Maranatha”