The scripture for today is John 3: 13 – 17, KJV
"And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, eve the Son of man which is in heaven. Ans as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life. 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but the world through him might be saved."
Within this section of verses may be the most famous and quoted Bible verse ever. My grandfather preached many times on this verse when he led Gideon meetings. He also traveled within the state of Missouri to hold funeral services when there was not a minister available. As a Gideon, he was allowed to do these things. This took place during the 1920's and 30's. Most Christians know this verse by heart.
However, take a look at the next verse! Years ago, in our "Search" Bible class on Thursday evenings, Pastor Roy asked us to read aloud this verse and talk about it. That was an eyeopener! God sent Jesus NOT to condemn the world! But to save the world. In the previous verse, we are told God sent him because God "loved" the world.
God does these things. He loves us so much he sent and gave us His only Son. God has hopes for the world to be saved. John points out that salvation is through the Risen Christ. Verse fifteen was written in such a way that when we believe in Jesus, we HAVE eternal life. There is no argument for this fact.
Lord, we pray for each of us to write your words in our heart that we know your Son who you sent for each of us. We pray also for those who do not know Him and that by our witness, they see your Son through us. We rejoice and praise you O God, for all that is given to each of us! Amen!!
Prayer Concern – That those looking for salvation will learn these verses!