Archive for March, 2014

Bucking Tradition

March 31, 2014

While Jesus was an ardent follower of God, there are many instances where Jesus is found Bucking Traditionfor the sake of the gospel. I wonder how many times have we turned our noses up at a circumstance or a person because of tradition. Traditions are ways of man. In Acts 5:29, Peter captures what should govern our behavior and interaction with man. Peter, along with other apostles, stated “We must obey God rather than human beings!

In that case, Peter and the apostles were told to not teach in Jesus’ name. In our text today, John 4, we see Jesus laying the foundation for what Peter and other apostles proclaimed in Acts 5:29. John 4 is an interesting passage that is full of interesting dichotomies. Jesus, in part, came to show that He was Bucking Tradition in order to accomplish what God sent Him to do – to give life.

In Jesus’ time, men did not talk to women in public. Because there was a deep distrust and dislike between Jews and Samaritans going back to the Babylonian exile, Jews avoided Samaria. Jews did not go through Samaria despite it being a more direct route to various places. In Jesus’ time, Jews did not talk to Samaritans. They especially did not talk to Samaritan women. Bucking Tradition, the Word says, “Now he had to go through Samaria.” Why did the Word say Jesus had to go through Samaria? Tradition said that salvation was of the Jews, but Jesus came to show that salvation was open to all. There was not a more poignant way to demonstrate that than for Jesus to talk to an unsavory Samaritan woman who not only did not have a husband at the time but had had multiple husbands before the man she was presently involved. If there was an ideal candidate to blow apart the stereotypical behavior, she was it.

The woman was so surprised that Jesus spoke to her. Here is her response. “The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)” Jesus was Bucking Tradition for the sake of the gospel. Jesus was Bucking Tradition to show us there is no tradition or way of doing things that was worth following if it precluded someone from hearing about the Way, the Truth and the Life.

What customs or traditions are you holding onto that limits the gospel being preached by you if you proclaim Christ? Are there divisions that you are holding on to that God has erased in this one example to us that God’s love through Christ is open to all? Join Jesus in Bucking Tradition to proclaim the Gospel. Look at Jesus’ example and what it brought forth.

39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.

Jesus’ proclamation brought about believers. He was Bucking Tradition for the sake of the Gospel. How about you?

Rejection Hurts

March 30, 2014

We hear of the classic cases where a kid is the last one to be picked for teams. The new kid who comes to school and no one wants to reach out to him/her, or the person who is rejected from a job or audition. Rejection is defined as a refusal to accept someone or something; to discard as useless, unacceptable or unsatisfactory. I define it as declaration that one is not good enough, so we aren’t wanted. Regardless of how it is defined, most people know what rejection means. Moreover, everyone has experienced rejection in some form or fashion and knows that Rejection Hurts. It is often said that “Hurting people hurt people.” None of us enjoy having our efforts/standards declared unacceptable, and we so often go on the offensive when declared not good enough. We start hurting those who have hurt us. Through our words and actions we make it clear that we don’t think too much of the offender or anything about the offender either!

God was the first to experience rejection. First, satan was the initial being recorded in The Word who discovered all about real rejection. Through his rebellion he failed  to meet the standard that God expected of him, and so was cast from God’s immediate presence (Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:11-19). Next up to reject God was Adam and Eve through their disobedience (Genesis 3:1-24). As a consequence of the fall of man, we were separated from God. Rejection Hurts.

It is true that God has rejected our sin, but it is not true that we are rejected. Romans 6:23, Romans 10:10-13. From the beginning, God continued to offer renewal and acceptance to Adam and Eve, David, Aaron and Miriam, and to us. Rejection Hurts in most circumstances, but one is normally able to recover and move forward despite the hurt that he/she experienced. That is true in life experiences as well as spiritually; however, there isone case of rejection that one never recovers. He/she is eternally damned for his/her rejection. Jesus tells us about it in John 3. Let’s hear it.

36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

“but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” Guzik writes Because Jesus is the man from heaven, there is a heavy price to pay for rejecting Him. If you reject the Son, then you receive the wrath.” With the term The wrath of God: “The word does not mean a sudden gust of passion or a burst of temper. Rather, it is the settled displeasure of God against sin. It is the divine allergy to moral evil, the reaction of righteousness to unrighteousness. ” (Tenney) Why is one eternally damned for his/her rejection of Jesus? Those who reject Jesus cannot offer a perfect sacrifice acceptable to God. As such, the wrath of God abides until it is satisfied by receiving the perfect payment Jesus made on the cross.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). God has atoned for our sin and the consequences of our sin through Jesus. Rejection Hurts us as we continue in our rejection of Jesus as the atonement for our sin. By not accepting the gift of God, we remain responsible for accounting for our sin which we are incapable of paying other than with our souls being eternally separated from God. Now do you see that Rejection Hurts.

The Believer’s Confidence in God

March 27, 2014

Several days ago, my daughter, who is experiencing her first huge disappointment, sent me the follow in a text:

Life isn’t fair, but God is. He heals the brokenhearted and their wounds and bruises.
We may not know why things happen the way they do, but we can know God.

As I look around at others and myself, we all are under siege. Life besieges us. What does it mean to be under siege. I like the word picture I get when surveying dictionary.com’s definition. It says, “the act or process of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to isolate it from help and supplies, for the purpose of lessening the resistance of the defenders and thereby making capture possible.

The image that comes to mind is a fort or outpost that is surrounded by the enemy. Those inside are cut off from their allies who bring them supplies of subsistence. If surrounded, none of those things can get to them. Once their supplies on hand run out, they are at the mercy of those who surround them. I am sure that their confidence in facing their enemy suffers mightily.

Unlike those soldiers, The Believer’s Confidence in God is the source of their strength. The general tenor of Psalm 62 expresses of confidence in God in the face of life’s difficulties. We all are challenged to think that our status, money, connections, intelligence, and other attributes are the key to us dealing with life. Psalm 62 repeats many of attributes of God that serves as The Believer’s Confidence in God rather than in himself. Let’s look at verse 7 which repeats of verse 1.

Psalm 62:7

My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. (NIV)

In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. (KJV)

Salvation – the act of being saved or delivered from impending danger and harm, depends on God. Clearly, the psalmist is reminding himself and us that our salvation has nothing to do with what we or others possess. Deliverance, rescue or safety is an offering of God.

Honor/glory – splendor and majesty or value, depends on God. Again, the psalmist reminds himself and us that our respect, esteem, or distinction is a function of God bestowing it upon us. When we don’t feel as honored as we should, we need not get mad at the person. We must realize that whether that person recognizes you as a valued person or not has nothing to do with how God sees those whom He has chosen.

God is the rock of my refuge/strength. We are the object of the preposition. God acts upon us. Again, the psalmist credits his strength and refuge to God. He can’t endure or be sheltered without God.

Famed commentator, Matthew Henry, wrote “The more faith is acted the more active it is. Crescit eundo—It grows by being exercised. The more we meditate upon God’s attributes and promises, and our own experience, the more ground we get of our fears, which, like Haman, when they begin to fall, shall fall before us, and we shall be kept in perfect peace, Isa. 26:3. And, as David’s faith in God advances to an unshaken stayedness, so his joy in God improves itself into a holy triumph (Ps. 62:7): In God is my salvation and my glory. Where our salvation is there our glory is; for what is our salvation but the glory to be revealed, the eternal weight of glory? And there our glorying must be. In God let us boast all the day long. “The rock of my strength (that is, my strong rock, on which I build my hopes and stay myself) and my refuge, to which I flee for shelter when I am pursued, is in God, and in him only. I have no other to flee to, no other to trust to; the more I think of it the better satisfied I am in the choice I have made.” Thus does he delight himself in the Lord, and then ride upon the high places of the earth, Isa. 58:14.

When we take account of all that is said in this verse, we can only conclude that The Believer’s Confidence in God rests solely in God.  Psalm 7:10My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. Psalm 61:3 – “For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. ” Again, the psalmist speaks about his confidence in God who has already demonstrated in his life that The Believer’s Confidence in God How about you. Where does your confidence lie? To whom are you giving your trust?

The Priestly Privilege

March 22, 2014

Okay, this is going to be tough to try to get this post in a brief manner. In my limited understanding, all I can tell you is that it has been a joy reading all the related text seeing how marvelous is God. God weaves all sorts of ideas together in the faith to make a beautiful cornucopia of events that reveal His desire to have a personal relationship with man.

In the Old Testament as God established the foundations of the faith and Christ’s honored and sole position as the great priest. It is through Christ alone that The Priestly Privilege is extended to man. From Numbers 16, we know that the Moses and Aaron’s calling as priest were confirmed by God. When challenged, Moses responded by saying “The man he chooses he will cause to come near him.” Through Moses, God set forth the path for those whom He chooses – He will come near to God, but this is by calling or as it has been said by invitation only.

In Exodus 32, we see that the Levites, i.e. priests, demonstrated that those who consecrate themselves to the Lord He Himself will set apart for Himself to serve and sacrifice. The servant must be not only sincere and serious but courageous and zealous for God without respect to human relationships. The Levites are the precursor to the notion that if our relationships are more treasured than God/Christ we are not worthy of God/Christ. We too will receive the invitation to be able to approach God without consequence.

That being said, Moses lived and captured how the Levites and all who would ever follow God should relate to God – The man he chooses he will cause to come near him. This is The Priestly Privilege – To be able to come near to God to relate to Him.

Fast-forward to John 3. We see The Priestly Privilege lived and proclaimed by John the Baptist.

25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” 27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”

We can only receive what God has planned for us to have. God is the author of all that we receive. We seek all sorts of treasures of this world. I know. I am challenged with this daily, but I am reminded, as I was today, by the Spirit of God that The Priestly Privilege is the greatest treasure there is. In being able to approach God, a personal relationship is established and God demonstrates His acceptance of me. What could be greater than being accepted by God and able to approach Him about His plan for my life. After all, I can only receive what God has given me.

The writer of Hebrews confirms that The Priestly Privilege is by invitation only in verse 4 – And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was. Has God called you to draw close to Him? Do you have the privilege to approach the Throne of Grace to receive mercy and to find grace in your time of need? Trust Jesus as Lord and Savior and you will.

Fear of Exposing Your Deeds

March 20, 2014

I want to acknowledge that none of us wants to admit when we have erred. It takes a discipline person to acknowledge that he/she has made a poor, self-centered choice. More than that, it takes a disciplined and dedicated person to take steps to rectify the wrong that he/she committed. From confessing it to God then to the offended or hiding in our villainy, Jesus reveals to us in John 3 which path one takes based on who he/she is.

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

I cannot leave this few verses. As I begin to read and move on, I am called back. Jesus simply stated that we are either one who loves the light, that Jesus Himself, or who hates the light. The one who hates the light wants to hide in his villainy. If asked, do you have a Fear of Exposing Your Deeds? The resounding response would be yes. Better yet, Jesus conveys that a verbal response is not needed to determine what one’s motivation is regarding loving the light. .

Jesus says that those who hate the light will not come into the light “for fear that their deeds will be exposed.” Let’s examine ourselves. When we are wrong, do we have a penchant to want to hide in our wrong or do we want to correct it?

  • Adam and Eve – went from loving the light to hiding from the light because of fear of light
  • David – acted in secret but God acted in broad daylight. He tried to hide too.
  • Achan – took devoted things of God and hid them only to be found out.

We see from those few examples that our natural human inclination is to hide or conceal our wrong. Like those, I too have attempted to hide my sin, but praise God that He has given me “… the Spirit of truth who guides me into all the truth. The are many other instances in scripture of where the conviction of sin leads man to seek the light. The spiritual, not natural, response is to acknowledge our sins and seek forgiveness.

If you have Fear of Exposing Your Deeds, you will hide in your sins. In 1 John 1, we, who profess to follow the light, see how we should respond. We run to the light to expose our deeds and to expunge our deeds.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

As I wrote several days ago, I encourage you to Come into the Light to eliminate the Fear of Exposing Your Deeds.

You Can’t Handle The Truth!

March 19, 2014

In the post Come into the Light, it was asked will you Come into the Light? We can answer that question in the affirmative all day long; however, Jesus provides the criteria to discern whether we have actually come into the light. For that, I want to borrow a famous line from the 1992 movie A Few Good Men. Let’s go to that courtroom scene:

Judge Randolph: *Consider yourself in Contempt!*
Kaffee: *Colonel Jessep, did you order the Code Red?*
Judge Randolph: You *don’t* have to answer that question!
Col. Jessep: I’ll answer the question![to Kaffee]
Col. Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee: I think I’m entitled to.
Col. Jessep: *You want answers?*
Kaffee: *I want the truth!*
Col. Jessep: *You can’t handle the truth!*

Like Colonel Jessep, Jesus says to those who do evil You can’t handle the truth!

Let’s hear in John 3

20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

First, Jesus states that those who do evil hate the light. Since we can’t see hate for Himself, the light, Jesus outlines that how He determines who hates Him. Those who do evil. The people who live in a way that is contrary to His ways outlined in His Word. Notice the contrast in the text. “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done…” The one who has come into the light is the one who lives by the truth. Both he who does evil and he who lives by the truth are judged by what they do. One hides from the light in fear that his evil deeds will be exposed while another ensures that what he does is plainly seen in the sight of God.

Ligonier Ministries states that Jesus speaks of “doing” the truth. This indicates that “truth” is a matter of both thought and practice. Living by the truth is contrasted with doing what is evil. This is just affirmation of what Jesus said in verse 19 – “19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” How does man hate the light of God’s truth? Man demonstrates his hatred of The Truth by refusing to live by the truth. They either defiantly show their hate by fighting against the truth or the seemingly benign act of ignoring the truth yields the same reality.

I want to remind us of what God said in Romans 1:

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

I also want to remind us that “31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8 31-32 When Thomas unsure of the way, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 When you stand in God’s courtroom, will Jesus say that You can’t handle the truth! Look at what you do. Do you live by the truth or hide from the truth? If not, repent and live by the truth.

Come into the Light

March 17, 2014

Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural horror film. When I was growing up, it was a movie that many quoted for the ghost who was after this family, specifically this little girl. There was a snowy tv screen with a voice that called “Come into the Light” Carroll Ann. She was a little girl whom the evil spirit was after.

That phrase always resonated with me. It was a phrase that constantly stayed at the forefront of my mind. I am not sure why, but it was. When I Responding to Jesus’ Call, I realized what the light was and why that phrase resonated with me. God, as crazy as it may sound to you, planted a seed in my head and heart that there was a better place for me to be. I realized that I was living in a dark world. While I was somewhat popular, had several friendly relationships with young ladies, was one of the known football players, made good grades, and drove a new car (my brother’s who was in Germany), I was grossly dissatisfied with my life. I wanted to Come into the Light, but I did not know how.

When Jesus called me, I had to Come into the Light. In John 3, we learn why I along with others do not Come into the Light. The Word says “20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.” That verse captures why there is a staunch refusal to Come into the Light. One will not come into the light if he hates the light. He loves sin instead of God.

This is strong language that Jesus uses. In essence, Jesus is saying that such persons hate the light i.e. Jesus or himself. We know from John 1 that Jesus is called “the light of all mankind.” Jesus himself gives a testimony about being the light. In John 8:12, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”” The choice of coming into the light is a matter of spiritual life or death.

A love affair with sin (darkness) will prevent us from pursuing the ways of God or the light. Make no mistake about it. It is pleasurable to sin, but the pleasure is a poisonous vapor. It’s pleasure is fleeting, but it’s impact is deadly often lasting a lifetime in many cases. In the worst case, it last eternally and rests with the unrepentant offender in the lake of fire.

1 John 1:6-8 tells us “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”God offers us the light. Do you hear his call?

You must Go When the Lord Calls. Don’t be afraid to Come into the Light. What will you do? Will you Come into the Light?

People Loved Darkness Instead of Light

March 16, 2014

What is in the heart of man? That question has long been debated. Most of the world will say that deep inside that man is good; that man has a good heart. The bible provides a different commentary on man. The bible consistently shows that man, throughout all time, has rejected God rather than received God. In the past, God through Jeremiah 17:9a says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.” When found in the Old Testament, the “heart” is more than the seat of emotion. It represents the basis of character, including the mind and the will (4:19; Prov. 4:23; 16:23). That’s why God tells us Above all else, guard your heart. Why? Whether in the past or now, People Loved Darkness Instead of Light.

If we were honest just with ourselves, we all would agree that People Loved Darkness Instead of Light. Not just people, but individually, we love darkness, sin, instead of light, God and godly character. Remember that Jesus calls Himself the light. In John 3, we see this when Jesus says,

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

According to Ligonier Ministries when Jesus says “People Loved Darkness Instead of Light“, Jesus gives the reason for the world’s rejection of Him: He is the light who exposes whether a person is righteous or not. The reason man does not love Jesus/God is that He exposes their dark deeds which reveal what’s in their hearts. Those who love Jesus/God are those who not only want to do what God asks but actively pursues what God wants them to do. Despite their slipping and falling, they get up. Proverbs 24:16a says, “for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,”

Matthew Henry states “The just man falls, sometimes falls seven times perhaps, into sin, sins of infirmity, through the surprise of temptation; but he rises again by repentance, finds mercy with God, and regains his peace.” Where as the wicked man is undone. He falls into mischief; his sins and his troubles are his utter destruction.”

Regardless of what we think, Jesus has set the record straight regarding the matter. Jesus said, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” In the King James version, the Word says “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” Whether verdict or condemnation, the conclusion is the same – “People Loved Darkness Instead of Light

If you want to know where you are, check your deeds (actions of your life) against the actions of your life deemed appropriate by God’s Word.

Why Will Someone Go to Hell?

March 13, 2014

Okay, this will be brief but poignant. I am not debating whether you think hell is real. I am not debating whether you think everyone will go to heaven. I am not debating whether you believe. God has established a truth. As a consequence, our belief has no bearing on HIS truth. Just as we do not impact or impair the rising of the sun or the going down of the same, we will not impact or impair other established works and truths of God.

Why Will Someone Go to Hell? Jesus provides that answer two verses after perhaps the most recognizable verse (John 3:16) in the bible. Listen

18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

The him in the first part of the refers to the Son of God, Jesus. The bible proclaims Jesus as the Son of God as well as God’s means to save the world from God’s wrath for our disobedience/sin. God sent Jesus into the world, so that man could escape condemnation. God sent Jesus to save the world. The world is under condemnation because it rejects God. The Apostle Paul repeats why Jesus came into the world in 1 Timothy 1:1515 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners….”

Condemn is defined as a sentence to a particular punishment, or to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on, or to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service. In our world, we most see condemned property, but in God’s Word, we see condemned people – those who reject God’s salvation only found in Jesus. We see this again in 1 Thessalonians 5:9, For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

“whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” Matthew Henry says, “Unbelief may truly be called the great damning sin, because it leaves us under the guilt of all our other sins; it is a sin against the remedy, against our appeal.” The word for believe here is pisteuō (pē-styü’-ō) which means to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in. We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God who brings salvation from our sins, AND our lives must reflect that. We cannot simply say I believe and not live like it. 1 John 1:6 tells us that, “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

Why Will Someone Go to Hell? He/She will go to hell because they are already condemned, deemed unfit and under punishment for their sin. God provides a remedy in Jesus Christ, but he/she rejects Christ as God’s remedy for their condemnation. As a consequence, he/she stands condemned. Will you truly believe and trust in Christ.

 

Why Jesus Came Into the World

March 11, 2014

In the post The Word became Flesh and made His dwelling among us, we saw from God’s Word that the Word was with God and was God and became flesh. Jesus, as the Son of God and God, became flesh as He entered this world. We know that God has a purpose for everything, so this causes me to examine Why Jesus Came Into the World.

John 3

16 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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

John 3:16 is perhaps the most recognizable bible verse. It reveals a wonderful truth, but I am limiting my exposition on it to this chart titled The Seven Wonders of John 3:16.

God The Almighty Authority
So loved the world The Mightiest Motive
That He gave His only begotten Son The Greatest Gift
That whoever The Widest Welcome
Believes in Him The Easiest Escape
Should not perish The Divine Deliverance
But have everlasting life The Priceless Possession

Those verses (16-18) above explicitly tell us Why Jesus Came Into the World. God sent Jesus into the world, so that man could escape condemnation. God sent Jesus to save the world. The world is under condemnation because it rejects God. If you want to read more about man’s rejection of God in a general sense, Rom. 1:18–32 reveals that to us. Once more, Jesus came into the world to bring salvation. The Word is clear that those who reject Jesus, our salvation, condemn themselves. Let it be clear that God does not condemn anyone. We condemn ourselves by our rejection of our salvation. As such, we assume responsibility for our eternal destiny. Listen to verse 18 “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

Why Jesus Came Into the World is to save us from condemnation because of our continual rejection of God. Will you allow Jesus’ coming be in vain as it relates to your life? Will you further reject God and His efforts to reach out to you? As for me, I have joyfully embraced Jesus and the gift of salvation He brings. I may fail at many other things in life, but I will be accepted and viewed as a victor because of the salvation I have received from Jesus Christ.