16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NLT)
John 3:16 should be the most popular Bible verse at all time. Even religious people know them and they used it extensively in their marketing campaign to lure non believers into their religion. Once the non believers are caught, this verse will be conveniently ignored and these new recruits will be grilled and brainwashed into the bondage of religion. I was one of them before God revealed his truth to me.
The truth is, God has a different view from the religious people. While the religious people see John 3:16 as nothing more than a marketing slogan, God takes it seriously. God wants us, the true believers in Jesus Christ to take his love seriously. Why? His love for us is not empty talk. He loves us to the extent of giving his only Son.
Let us study in detail what it means and how we can benefit from this. When we have problems in life, we must always be aware of the truth that our God is always on our side. God will never condemn us for our problems. When we were in sin, God did not respond by just telling us don’t sin. Religious people do that, not God. God’s solution for our sins was to give his only Son. This shows how much he loves us.
No matter what problem we are burdened with (this includes all types of sins), God’s priority is to deliver us. He is willing to do whatever it takes to free us, even if he has to give away his only Son. Jesus’ willingness to sacrifice for us has proven once and for all that we must be extremely valuable to him.
Let me illustrate further on the concept of value. How do you decide on whether to buy or not to buy a certain item? I believe most people will compare the price and the perceive value. If the perceived value is equal or higher than the price, we will be willing to buy. For example, if I am willing to spend $5 to buy a cup of Café Mocha, it means I consider the cup of Café Mocha has the value of equal or more than the value of $5. God sent Jesus to die for my sins. What does that mean?
Please do not misunderstand me. I have never said that I am equal or more valuable than Jesus. What I am saying is, in God’s mind he thinks of me as equal or more valuable than Jesus. In Jesus’ mind, I am of equal or higher value than he himself. Do you want me to prove this? Here is my proof: The Cross Of Calvary. The Cross Of Calvary is the greatest proof on how much God loves us and the intensity of his love.
The more we are aware of his love for us, the more confidence we will have in facing the challenges in life. No matter how bad the situation around us appears to be, we have the boldness to believing on the promises of God to deliver us. We will not have the problem of wondering whether God is willing to bless us with good things like health and wealth because since he was willing to give his Son, what else will he not give to us?
32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
Romans 8:32 (NLT)
When we are in trouble or in any form of need, the question we need to ask is not whether God is willing to help us. The right question we should ask is, if God loves me so much to the extent of sacrificing his own Son, how can he not give me everything I want?
In conclusion, God wants us to feed on his love for us. Only then we will be able to develop our faith to the level of making our dreams come true.