Thursday, March 12, 2015

John 3:14-21 God Loved the World

KEY VERSE: John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” 

KEY THOT: God loved the world—the world of rascals, rogues and rejects. Scripture did not say He loved only the righteous and religious inside the church, but He loved the “world.” Jesus was known as “a friend of tax-collectors and sinners”, the marginalized in a society. He did not shun them. This riled the self-righteous Pharisees: "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus’ reply was sarcastic: "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."

Jesus demonstrated the same love for the world--He was a friend of tax-collectors and sinners. I also need to be found more among such people—so that they might hear the gospel and receive the healing of their lives from God’s word. The gospel is like light in darkness, and it shines brightest in dark places. I should spend less time criticizing the “tax-collectors and sinners” (top and bottom 5% of society) but more time finding ways to connect with them to share God's light with them.

The “world” is not found inside the church on Sunday morning. They are found in the marketplace from Monday to Friday. God wants me to love “the world”, not just the church, because He gave His Son to die on the Cross for this purpose, not just to keep the religious and righteous happy but to save the rascals, rogues and rejects.

Father, open doors for us to bring Your love to people who have not known it, so that they may know that You love them and has given Your Son to die on the Cross to save them. Amen.

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