|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”
Our Bible verse for today: “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.” John 3:16 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “God’s love is beyond measure”
John 3:16 is probably the best-known verse in the Bible. It’s certainly the most repeated. Even non-Christians have heard it and seen it repeatedly. In fact, I think for some people, even for many Christians, the verse is so familiar that it has almost become too familiar, to the point that we take it for granted and don’t give serious thought to what it means and what it tells us about God.
It begins with the phrase that God so loved “the world” … That term was not meant to describe the world as a planet but the world as in the people who make up the world. God loves the people who live here. All the people who live here. As 2 Peter 3:9 makes very clear, it is God’s will that none should perish, He wants all to come to faith in Christ. “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
The verse also reveals that His love for us is so complete, so over-whelming, that Jesus came to earth on a rescue mission to seek and to save those who are lost (all of us), and to bring us to the Father in heaven who loves us that much. The rest of the verse then explains that whoever will believe this to be true and place their faith in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins, will have eternal life. This is what God wants more than anything. It’s His most earnest desire, for people to be saved and to spend eternity with Him.
This is something people need to know about God. People need to understand the scope, the depth, the overwhelming magnitude of His love for us. And it’s up to us, those who have already accepted the invitation of John 3:16 and who are now experiencing that great love of the Father, it’s up to us to tell others about it.
That is what we will be doing on Christmas Eve at Oak Hill Baptist here in Crossville, TN. At 5:00 on Christmas Eve we will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service to celebrate the great love of the Father as demonstrated by the Incarnation of Christ. We invite you to join us. And if you cannot be here in person, then join us for the livestream on our Facebook page beginning at 5:00 Central time.
God’s love for us is beyond measure. The Incarnation proves it.
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