Wednesday, March 14, 2012
God loved the world so much
John 3:16 is everywhere, even under Tim Tebow's eyes. I don't pay much attention to football, but I have heard that much. I see the verse so much it's easy to forget what a great verse it is. "Yes, God loved the world so much that He gave the only Son, that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life."
In most of John's Gospel it is the disciples whom God loves. It is unusual to see "God loved the world." The Greek word is "cosmos." In the very next verse we hear "that the world might be saved through him (Jesus.)"
God loves everyone and everything. The form of the Greek verb indicates a supreme act of love that continues. God gives the only Son by sending him to become human and even further by sending him to die on the cross. The previous verse refers to Jesus' being lifted up in his dying and rising. God's entirely unearned love that animates this whole movement out of God and back into God catches up into the sweep anyone who believes in God's love.
I think a view like this one from our vacation home could bring someone who has never heard the Gospel to believe in God and in God's gracious love.