Wednesday, February 15, 2012

John 3:16

John 3:16 is one of the most “famous” Bible verses.

From parading itself on millions of bumper stickers (some more tasteful than others) to making appearances on college football players faces, it is the number one “googled” Bible verse of our time.

John 3:16 says this: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever should believe in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

It is a great verse.

Many would declare it sums up everything you need to know about beginning a relationship with God.

Some Christians focus on the beginning of this verse; the Jesus part.

Other Christians focus on the end of this verse; the living forever / “escaping death” part.

But, MY personal favorite part of this verse (and perhaps the most overlooked part) is the middle; “…that whoever should believe in Him…”

Whoever.

I think sometimes people think of Christianity as this secret club complete with their very own secret handshake.

You have to do the right things and look the right way and go to the right church and have the right husband and have well behaved kids and etc, etc, etc.

I don’t understand how so, so many Christians proclaim this verse and proclaim the Truth of the Bible and yet do not live this verse to its fullest, most complete meaning.

It’s pretty clear.

God is there for WHOEVER should call upon Him.

God is there to save us all.

Every. Single. One. Of. Us.

Right where we are.  Today. You don't have to clean yourself up for God.

Come as you are.

My favorite representation of this idea is actually lyrics in a song by Casting Crowns.

We Are the Body, goes like this:

Jesus paid much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come

And we are the body of Christ

But if we are the body,
Why aren't His arms reaching?
Why aren't His hands healing?
Why aren't His words teaching?

And if we are the body,
Why aren't His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way.

And that, is pretty much all there is to say on that, in my opinion.

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