Welcome to week 4 in my journey to memorize a Scripture passage each week for 2013. I truly have been blessed by the first 3 weeks of passages as I seek to renew my mind and be transformed by His Word. This week’s passage is well known to any sports fan as we often see it displayed on a sign at a sporting event. But do we understand this verse? Do we claim this verse for ourselves? As you read this verse and memorize it, make sure you reflect on its amazing meaning. Reflect on who God is to you!
“For God loved the world in this way, He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 (HCSB)
God loved - the term used for love is agape. I should not confuse this with a worldly concept of love. Agape love is a Christian trait and is empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is a love that sacrifices the desires of the flesh so that the desires of the Holy Spirit can be met. 1 John 4:7-8 teaches us about agape.
The world – All, everyone, and in particular, me and you, the reader of this verse!
He gave – Not sent as a messenger, but gave as a sacrifice. God gave His one and only Son! Agape is sacrificial. Yes, Jesus was a great teacher and we need to listen to His words. But, most importantly, we need to understand His willing sacrifice for our sins. God gave Him not to warn us but to save us!
Son - Jesus Christ, my Lord! To me Jesus represents the man, Christ represents the Savior, and He is my Lord!
Believes - do I understand the depth of this word. It is not simply “knowing” about Jesus. It implies a heart knowledge of Him. A heart that is deeply rooted with His words. A heart that results in Agape. A heart that results in being the Salt and Light to the world. My head knows about Him, my heart believes in Him, and my hands act for Him. This belief is from the heart!
Not Perish, Eternal life - I put these together because of the contrast. If you read on in the passage it is very clear that non-belief leads to condemnation. There is a choice that I must make. I know that I will die a physical death (unless He comes before then) but I will not die a spiritual death because I believe in Him. Rejoice if you also believe in Him. If you do not, then make the choice. Read Romans 10:9-10.
What a blessing to read, reflect, and memorize this Scripture!