Salvation by Faith Alone & Grace of God | Devotion #4: John 3:16
Tommy Youngquist | Children’s Pastor
This is most famous verse in all of the Bible! This is the verse that everyone knows, even if they are not religious at all. It is John 3:16!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
You probably know it by heart. What does it mean? Have you ever stopped to truly digest the words and the meaning behind the message? Here is a quick breakdown.
“For God so loved the world” – There is a God. This God loves us. Humans are God’s most precious creation. God’s most precious creation made a mistake and sinned. Because of this sin, God’s most precious creation was separated from Him. Imagine this scenario. Imagine loving someone so deeply, but you cannot interact with that someone because they made a mistake. God is too holy to interact with the sin that infests humanity. So, God devised a way to get us back to Him and allow us to interact once again.
“That he gave his only Son” – The only way God could reunite His most precious creation to Himself was to sacrifice His Son. He was the only person that could be holy enough to atone for the sins of the world. Do you think God wanted to do this? Would you want to sacrifice your child for someone else? Let me answer that for you…NO WAY! That is how much God’s love for us was and is. Despite not wanting to, He did it anyway.
“That whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” – Now what do we do because Jesus, God’s Son, paid the ultimate sacrifice? We do like Romans 10:9-10 says, “Confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe with our hearts God raised him from the dead.” When we do this, God’s Word says that WE WILL BE SAVED! That is how God’s love for the world should impact us. It should cause us to believe in Him with everything. It should cause us to love Him in return. It should cause us to want to serve Him with our lives.
As a church, we believe this to be the only way you can attain eternal life in Heaven. Humanity cannot merit salvation in any way. It is simply a belief each person has to make for themselves. Salvation comes by faith in God alone. This is the Gospel. It is the only way God could get us back to Himself. The decision is now up to you. What have you decided? Or what will you decide?