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 3:16This is one of the most familiar verses in our day and it stands as a ray of hope for all of us. Love is a major theme in John’s gospel: the love of the Father for His Son, the love of Jesus for his Father, the love of the disciples for each other. But this passage reveals that God also loves the world, and the world according to the Bible is not a pleasant thing. It is filled with sin, decay and rebellion. Herein is the great hope; we are of that world, yet God loves us. God’s love is so great that he offers us eternal life in the midst of this fallen creation. Those who believe in Jesus Christ do not have to perish the way the world is perishing, for God’s love brings eternity to this dying world.
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Today's Commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
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