John 3:16 is well known to all of us. It is one of the bible’s ‘key’ verses. Someone said this verse is the Gospel “in a nutshell”. The message it contains is all you need to know to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. Here it is in full: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”.
People all over the world, through every generation since these words were first spoken, have believed in Jesus Christ and received the gift of eternal life. The whole Christian church worldwide is founded on this truth.
The fact is that in Christ, God gave Himself. 2 Corinthians 5:19 says that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself… and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” As we believe and receive God’s great gift of His Son, believing in Him as our Lord and our Saviour, our lives are transformed by His love, His forgiveness, and His grace. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with Him also freely give us all things?” – Romans 8:32.
Praise God! However frustrating and uncertain life may be at this particular time, we have a love gift that blesses and encourages us. His love has been “poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” – Romans 5:5. Praise Him again “for in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”
Let’s be blessed together as we celebrate and share God’s greatest gift and the true message of Christmas.