John 3:16 God’s Love

 

     John 3:16 is probably the best known and loved verse in the Bible. 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.  This is the gospel in a nutshell.  God’s love is incomparable and in the twenty-five words of this verse it is revealed to us that God’s great and mighty love is complete.  The work on the cross is finished.

 

 

     The first thing we notice in this verse is Jesus is not simply God’s ‘one and only Son,’

He is begotten. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. John 1:18.   The word ‘begotten’ denotes deity, divinity, He is God, one Saviour.  When the Lord Jesus Christ is reduced to one an only son we emphasize His humanity.  This helps many of the false religions promote their argument that Jesus was a man, but He wasn’t God.

 

 

     When we are realize the depth of the love of the Lord Jesus we are suddenly faced with the reality of how unworthy we are to be the object of His love. It is truly amazing that the Lord Jesus stepped down into this world that is most undeserving of His love.  The scriptures themselves remind us of the character and the conduct of the world towards God (Ephesians 2:4-5: Romans 5: 6-11 & 1 John 1: 4-10).  A world in rebellion and almighty God came down from heaven in flesh to save us; distance was no object

 

 

     The love of Christ is everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Time is no object when it comes to this divine Love that the Lord Jesus offers.  This love is unlimited by the fact of the world’s condition- guilty before God  ....all the world may become guilty before God.” Romans 3:19.

 

 

     Understanding of the Son of God is a necessity when we try to comprehend the magnitude of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice.  To prove God’s love toward us God didn’t send just any creature to save us.  He could have sent an army of angels to rescue us.  With all creation at God’s disposal He sent the only sacrifice that could satisfy.  His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh.  The begotten Son was a meeting of heaven’s riches and God’s delight Matthew 3:17: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

 

     The sacrifice that God sent shows us two great facts: 1) the magnitude of His love and 2) the intensity of His love.  Our response to this wonderful love should be simple gratitude. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. II Corinthians 9:15. this love that has been poured out on us is a “love that no thought can reach: love that no tongue can teach.”

 

 

     God sent his Son with a plan. I t was of course for our salvation, but this is God’s sublime purpose of His love.  His purpose was not for the salvation of one or two, it was for the whole world.  God offered a God-like love- it is a God- like gift and the result is a God-like objective. (I Tim 2:6: II Peter 3:9)

 

 

     How can we experience this love.  God has a method and it is truly beautiful.  God’s message, the gospel is easy.  We need childlike faith because God’s method is simplicity. God’s word tells us clearly that without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). God’s salvation comes by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).  He asks us to believe (Mark 5:36). The faith that we exercise us offers peace (Luke 7:50) This is all wrapped up in I John 4: 8- He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love

The application is staggering: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. (I John 4: 10-11)

 

 

These blessings of love can be experienced in our lives all because of John 3:16

 

 

B: Pastor Brian McKibbin