God Gave His Only Begotten Son

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son
John 3:16-21

Nicodemus may have been very surprised to hear that he, a devout Jew, needed to be born again. He must also have been puzzled that the Son of Man, the Messiah from God, must be lifted up to die in order to save sinners.

He is now to learn about the amazing love of God.

In his first letter, the Apostle John makes a statement about the nature of God: 'God is love'. Here in his gospel, he makes a statement about the love of God in action – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.

This is often the very first Bible verse that we memorize after we are saved.

God did not spare His beloved Son, but punished Him for our sins. What wonderful love!

The Jews were expecting the Messiah to come to punish all of their enemies. But Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to bring salvation!

God's love was not restricted to the Jews. He loved the world and gave His Son to save sinners from all nations. What a glorious message we have to declare! Whoever believes and trusts in the Lord Jesus, whether he is a Jew or a Gentile, has everlasting life.

Verse 18 contains a very solemn statement: ‘He who does not believe is condemned already’.

Why do so many refuse to trust in Christ? It is because they love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil and they hate the light.

Men and women refuse to believe in Christ because they love their sin!

If we have not come to the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness, if we have not repented of our sin, if we have not trusted in Him to save us, may these solemn words drive us to call upon the Savior.

He who does not believe is condemned already. Why choose condemnation when in Christ we can enjoy everlasting life? Let us come to the Lord Jesus and rejoice in His gift of Salvation.