For God so loved the world…

John 3:16-21 (New International Version)

16″For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.[b] 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”[c]


  1. John 3:16 Or his only begotten Son
  2. John 3:18 Or God’s only begotten Son
  3. John 3:21 Some interpreters end the quotation after verse 15.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son must be the most quoted and most memorized scripture in the Bible.  For God so loved the world—has there ever been a greater love?

I have one son by birth and two by marriage.  I cannot imagine giving up Jonathan or Kristin or Kevin in order that other people might be saved.  I am too selfish.  I thank God for our men and women in uniform, but I never wanted that life with its inherent risks for my son or my step-sons.  I am too fearful.

But God so loved the world–people born in darkness and who many times choose darkness over light–that He sacrificed His only son so that the world, separated from God by their sins, would at last be reconciled again to their Father who art in Heaven.  How can we not believe, worship and adore our Father and Jesus His son when we recognize what they did to purchase our salvation, to redeem us from a lost and dying world?

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.  Thank you, Jesus, for loving me, for dying for me, and for making a place for me in Heaven.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior?  If not, contact me and I will pray with you.

Jesus loves US, this I know.

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