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.
John 3:16 (KJV)
Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night. This dialog in the bright light of the full Passover moon gave us at least two things:
A. The most famous and well-known Bible passage of all time.
B. The cause to ask three questions:
- Do I really believe that God loves me?
- What is the extent of the giving of God’s only begotten Son?
- Will I perish or have everlasting life and why?
First, do I really believe that God loves me?
But does he really love me?
Second, what is the extent of the giving of God’s only begotten Son?
God’s Law demands that we live perfectly, without sin.
But we cannot do that because we are all conceived and born sinful – evidence of this is all around the world today.
To demand this perfection without giving us the means to do it would be – not inhumanly cruel but divinely cruel!
Yet God does demand perfection. So he sent the only one who could do it. His only begotten Son! Jesus became a human being to become the “everyman” that would be perfect in our place and could only be perfect because he is also God – the only begotten Son of God!
Third, will I perish or have everlasting life and why?
You have an answer, I’m sure.
But I also have an answer. And I’m confident that my answer is correct.
You will have everlasting life because of Jesus! He was born on Christmas day to take your place under God’s Law – to be your substitute.
He lived a perfect life and gives you his righteousness by faith.
He died on the cross to forgive all your sin.
He rose from the dead to conquer death and the grave for you – so if you die you will rise again.
He ascended into heaven to prepare a place for you and when he comes back he will take you to live there forever – everlasting life!
So, in the meantime, be a “whosoever” – live your earthly life so people will ask about your eternal life!
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