Verse of the Day: John 3:16

The Good News of Jesus- John 3:16

 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

John 3:16 is perhaps the most important verse in the New Testament. In this one verse, Jesus sums up the Gospel message and unlocks the secret to everlasting life.

The book of John was written by a fisherman. He was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. John was an eyewitness to Jesus’ life.

In this verse, John is recording some of Jesus’ teachings to Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader. (Read John 2:24 – 3:21 to read more of Jesus’ conversations with Nicodemus.) Nicodemus had heard about Jesus’ miracles and teachings, and about Jesus righteous life. He was convinced that Jesus was sent from God and that He knew the secret to everlasting life. Nicodemus went to  Jesus secretly and asked Him how to have everlasting life.

Here’s what Jesus told him:

“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

Jesus tells Nicodemus about God’s love, and Jesus’ own mission to save a lost world. He explains to Nicodemus that all people are lost, but that God’s love still extends to everyone.

Surprisingly, He told Nicodemus that everlasting life is based upon what Jesus himself has done for all people. No deeds that we have done are enough to give us everlasting life. He explains that those who believe in Him and the sacrifice he made will have everlasting life. Just agreeing with the facts of Jesus’ life and death is not enough. Jesus is talking about making a personal commitment to follow Him and His teachings. You must trust and love Him as your Lord and Savior.

According to eyewitness accounts in the New Testament, Jesus endured unimaginable suffering to pay our debt in full so that we can have everlasting life.

All we have to do is make that choice to commit to and follow His teachings, and believe in the sacrifice He made. Wow! Isn’t it amazing to know that the debt of your sins has already been paid in full?

Read next: The Grace of God

The Grace of God

What is the meaning of Grace?

Grace is defined as the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.

For by Grace (the goodness of God) are you saved through Faith (faith in Christ); and that not of yourselves (not by our own deeds are we saved(forgiven), but by the Grace of God); it is the Gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

For all have sinned (all men have sinned) and come short of the Glory of God. Romans 3:23

For the Law was given by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:17

So, what does all this mean, exactly? It means that it is NEVER too late to be saved and forgiven by God! All humans have sinned, but Jesus died on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven. God will forgive your sins, no matter what they are. How is this possible? Through faith and belief in Jesus Christ, through repentance, and eventually through Baptism.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10

Developing a relationship with Jesus Christ is the first step toward developing faith and belief in Him. In order to build a relationship with Him, you need to learn about His teachings and talk to Him every day through prayer. Begin learning about His life and teachings by reading the New Testament, especially The Book of John. Find a good Bible based church that you are comfortable with. Fellowship with other Christians is extremely important.

20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

Over time, you will see that your faith in Him will get stronger. Eventually, your love for Him will become so strong, you will be eager to repent of your sins. Repentance is necessary for salvation. True repentance involves admitting your sin and being truly sorry for it, and then turning away from the sin and changing your behavior. When you are ready, talk to your pastor about becoming baptized.

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16

The Grace of God
My Baptism Photo
You can claim the Grace of God right now by saying the following prayer.

“Dear God, I admit that I am a sinner. I am sorry for my sin, and I ask you to forgive me. I believe in my heart that I need salvation, and that I can only be saved through your Son, Jesus Christ. I accept Christ into my heart, and I admit that He died on the Cross for my sins. Amen”

If you have said these words, and truly believed them, by the Grace of God, you are now saved!