"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16(NLT)
This much-loved verse of Scripture not only outlines the glorious gospel of grace clearly and simply, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and was raised the third day according to the Scriptures, but it gives the reason. It was out of love for His creation – out of love for the fallen race of man, who had been made in His own image and likeness and yet who sinned against their God, causing an unbridgeable gulf to be erected between man and his Maker. But in His grace, God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
God hates sin, and God hates the evil, corrupted, Satanic world-system, which is currently blinding those that are perishing to the truth of the glorious gospel of grace and leading many more into a lost eternity. God is righteous, and God is loving, and God purposed that all sin must be punished. But full force of God’s wrath must be poured out in full measure on a sinless member of the human race - if the price of sin is to be paid.
God loves rebel sinners with such a passion, that in His infinite love and grace, He purposed in eternity past to save this fallen race of man by providing a substitute for their sin- a kinsman-Redeemer – a perfect Member of the human race, Who would take the full force of God’s righteous punishment on their behalf. And the most awe-inspiring demonstration of God’s depth of love towards us all, is that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. God gave His one and only begotten Son, to die on the cross to take the punishment that we deserve, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
The forgiveness of sin, life everlasting and the gates of heaven itself are flung open wide to whosoever will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. There is no need for even one member of the human race to perish, for God’s invitation for free salvation is open to ALL. The one and only condition to receive His free gift of salvation is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ - and you will be saved.
The eternal Son of God set aside His glory and was born into the fallen race of man, to die on Calvary for your sins and mine. If you were to travel to the furthest reaches of the universe, or go back to the beginning of time, there you'll find love ... for "God is love" .... the most precious thing in the universe is the reality of Who God is, that He is love - and He loves You too.
Thank You Lord for sending Jesus to die for our sin and that His blood has paid the full penalty for my sin too. Thank You that Christ's sacrifice reveals Your immense love for mankind - and for me. I just want to give You thanks and praise for this free gift if salvation, that is open to whosoever will come, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.