For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. John 3:16-17
John 3:16 is probably the most well-known Bible verse. Even people who have never cracked open a Bible can, most likely, quote it. But I think we hear and see it so often that the gravity of it is lost on us…at least in the western church, where confessing Christ as our Savior usually does not bring threat of harm or death.
God…the Creator of the heavens and the earth and everything on the earth, offered up His only Son to save…us. All because He loves us. (meditate on that for a moment)
The “world” has a lot to say about God. We hear that God doesn’t exist. Or He does exist but He is a wrathful, vengeful God. Or that He doesn’t care enough about us to intervene in our lives. The world’s idea of what the ground of our identity should be made of is wrong (it’s all just shifting sand), perhaps what the world says about God is wrong, too.
If we turn to God’s Word, we see a different picture. As we study and meditate on Scripture, we begin to see that God IS love. He is holy, righteous and pure. He is just. He is full of grace and mercy. He is forgiving. He is sovereign. He is infinite (making all of His attributes infinite, as well). He is steadfast. He does not cast a shifting shadow, but forever remains the same. He is omnipresent (everywhere at all times); omnipotent (all powerful); omniscient (all knowing). There is nowhere we can go that He is not there. God is wisdom and He is Truth.
And He loves us. He created us in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). We were made to be like Him. Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing (John 5:19-20; 8:28). We are called to be like Christ (Philippians 2:1-16).
I’ll begin talking about becoming more like Christ, tomorrow. For today, I challenge you to meditate on the attributes of God. I only listed a few. Can you come up with more? (Feel free to share them in the comments section below)
See you, tomorrow! Be Blessed!