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)
This is perhaps one of the best-known verses in the Bible. We know it so well that perhaps we don’t often ponder it very deeply. It helps us to understand three truths about the events of Good Friday and Easter Day.
God’s love is unconditional: God demonstrated the extent of His love by sending His Son into this world, to show us what it looks like: ‘God with skin on’! God graciously loves us, as none of us deserves it. ‘There is nothing we can do to make God love us more. There is nothing we can do to make God love us less.’ (author -Philip Yancey).
God’s love is sacrificial: The cross is the supreme demonstration of God’s love, as Jesus identifies with a fallen, suffering world. He died for our sins, removing the barrier between us and God, giving access into God’s presence and release from the power of sin and death.
God’s love is accessible: Jesus’ resurrection makes His eternal life available to all who put their trust in Him. It’s an offer of life with purpose, in which we can know God personally, both now and for eternity. Bobby Moore described receiving the World Cup from the Queen in 1966 as terrifying: ‘I noticed that the Queen was wearing some beautiful white gloves. I looked down at my hands and they were completely covered with mud’! Although we approach God with dirty and spoilt lives, by the cross and resurrection, we can ‘shake hands’ with a holy God.
With prayers and blessings for a Holy Lent and Happy Easter,