It is one of the most widely recognized verses from the Bible.
‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have ever-lasting life.’
If I’m being brutally honest with myself, this verse is really the only verse I have memorized besides maybe 1 other. And I thought I understood the importance. I thought I got it. God loves us. He sent His Son down here to save us. Wow! Thank you Lord.
And then- I became a mother, and I truly got it. One evening while rocking my precious newborn, my eyes overflowed with tears. Tears full of love and bliss. My baby. The baby my husband and I helped God create. The miracle of life we were allowed to participate in. I love my son. A love that burns deep. A love that almost hurts. A love that is only a shadow of the love God feels for us, and only a shadow of the love He feels for His Son. And that’s when John 3:16 came into my mind.
‘For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son…’
God loved us SO much, he gave up His Son. He willingly separated from the. most. precious. thing. to Him. Because His love for us was and is THAT strong.
First, when thinking about being separated from William for a week, much less 30 some odd years, panic sets in. It blows my mind that God loves us so much that He was willing to do that. He was willing to be separated from His Son. But it doesn’t stop there. Not only did He send us His Son, He sent us His Son to die for us.
To be ridiculed.
To be beaten.
To be crucified.
The Lord knew the suffering and pain that Jesus would go through. And as much as He loved His Son, He willingly let those things happen- because He loves us.
I can’t even fathom that. My mind just cannot go there. How strong the love must be. How perfect. Something that we, as humans, can’t grasp. We think we know love and we think we love. But y’all…. this is love. John 3:16 is love!
‘ …so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have ever-lasting life.’