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. (John 3:16 [KJV])

The text above is one of the most common texts of the bible. It was the first text I was made to memorize as a child. It bears a very powerful message which does not fade. Each time I read it or recite it, it speaks to me with the same intensity. There are no exemptions. All have sinned and so all are perishing except they make their decision to believe in Christ the source of everlasting life.

The message begins with God’s character, ‘for God so loved the world’ this part of scripture reveals God’s nature. The word says in 1 John 4:16 that ‘God is love’ it is not about God possessing love no; where true love exist God is present. That is to say, God would have not acted to a fallen man any differently, because of his nature. I hear many preachers using statements like; ‘What would happen to us if God did not send His son to die for us’ or ‘what would be our fate if Jesus chose not to drink of the bitter cup’ I personally cannot perceive these possibilities because they do not take to account God’s loving nature. It is the love of God that placed a plan of salvation before the foundation of this world.

Secondly, this scripture reveals God’s initiative. ‘He gave his only begotten son’. Up to this point in the text it is still God in action. Presenting the greatest rescue plan that was drafted and laid by God for our sake before we existed; He is making us aware of it so that we can make informed choice to avert destruction.

Thirdly, true love does not coerce hence believing as a criteria for one to qualifying for rescue. Rescue comes in when we have believed in the son of God, we have surrendered our will and trust to God’s saving power. Reward – everlasting life. God the omnipotent chose to use a simple way to qualify us for rescue ‘just believe’ should leave in owe of Him. Satan want us to believe that it is more complicated than that, that is why we have all kinds of peoples’ founded means of justification. When asked by a prison guard, ‘what must I do to be saved’ Paul responded simply by saying “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31 [KJV]) That message is mine today.

Jesus invites you to come to Him with all your burdens and perplexities. . . . Accept the promise and the provision that God has made. . . Look away from self to Jesus; for in Christ the character of the Father is revealed.  {In Heavenly Places p. 16} 

-By A. Eliamani