One of the most recognized verses in the entire Bible is 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.” KJV
This is Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter when we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, God’s Son.
We are assured of forgiveness of our sins and peace with God because of His death on the cross and his resurrection. When we make Jesus Lord of our lives, we receive eternal life. That’s why we celebrate Easter and what the promise of John 3:16 is all about.
I love how this verse begins: “For God so loved that he gave…” God gave the most valuable gift, his son. But why did he do it? Because he loves us. See, when you love someone, you give your best.
In just a few days Christians around the world will gather to celebrate the love God showed and continues to show. It’s an opportunity to worship God and express our gratitude for all that He has done for us. It’s a joyful and thankful time.
Isaac Watts’ hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, is an excellent example of what our mindset should be. Here are the lyrics:
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
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