"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16
This is the most famous and well known Bible verse that there is. Most of us learned this verse in Vacation Bible School or Sunday School as children. I would even dare say that many if not most people that are lost could even quote this verse. I'm afraid that most of us as Christians take this very familiar verse for granted when it comes to some of the powerful truths that it teaches us.
I want to draw your attention to the words "that He gave." This tells us how much God truly loves not just the world as a whole but how much He loves you and I as individuals. God the Father loved you and I so much that "He gave." Have you truly thought about that weight of those three words "that He gave" or have you been guilty of just glossing over it?
The reality of John 3:16 is that God completely, absolutely, and totally gave Himself for us! He took on the form of a man in Jesus from Nazareth, left the glory and splendor of Heaven, to be rejected by His own people and then to suffer, bleed, and die on a cross. Think about it, God, the Creator of the entire universe became a curse when He hung on the cross; He was taking all of the punishment that you and I deserved for our sin. God Himself, the Person of Jesus Christ, gave up everything for you and for me; He literally gave you and I everything when He gave Himself as that perfect sacrifice required for our sins to be forgiven.
The question to you and I today is: if God gave Himself absolutely for us, then shouldn't you and I be willing to absolutely give ourselves to Him? We must be willing to completely and totally abandon everything for Jesus Christ! The sad reality is that most Christians know very little if anything at all about giving up anything for Christ. We are so worried about the consequences of what we are giving up to follow Christ. However, the truth is that when we grasp the reality of John 3:16, that God totally and absolutely gave Himself for us, we will have no trouble giving ourselves absolutely to Christ, no matter the consequences.
There have never been three more powerful words than "that He gave!"
Prayer For Today:
Heavenly Father, thank You so much for giving Yourself completely and absolutely when You hung on the cross to pay for my sins and take the punishment that I deserved. Help me today and everyday to totally, completely, and absolutely give myself to You. May I totally abandon myself to You and Your will. In Jesus name, Amen!