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Love Story


John 3:16-21

John 3:16 is a “good news”, “bad news” verse. It is a verse that we are all familiar with. Of the 31,102 verses in the Bible it is arguably the most popular.

And yet, this verse contains some “bad news.”

Many Christians are hesitant to try and teach someone about salvation and they reason they are is because they don’t know where to start; and they don’t think they know enough to teach.

16 “For God so loved the world…

And when he speaks of the “world” he is talking about the whole human family; the inhabitants of the earth; the whole mass of men and women who are alienated from God because of sin.

And this is still applies today. The love that God had for the world when John wrote this is still in effect today.

And notice, God didn’t wait for the world to love Him; He didn’t wait for the world to meet Him half-way.

And look what He did: He gave (speaks of a gift; God was not obligated; He didn’t owe us anything. He did this on His own accord. We do not deserve this. We cannot earn this; it is a “gift”).

He gave His only begotten (Gk. monogenesmono-one, genes – one of a kind – no other like Him) Son.

And look why He did it: that whoever believes in Him (trusts in Him, this means much more than just having an intellectual awareness of Jesus. James says in James 2 that even the demons do that; “Believes” speaks of totally relying on Him; obeying Him).

 Those who say that are right; God is a God of love and He loves all of humanity, and He desires that none should perish.

And then John says: That whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Now, I am going to tell you something that we learn from this verse that might come as a shock to some of you. What John says here in vs. 16 is available to everyone and what that means is, no one has to perish.

But now, we are left with this question: “Why are some people going to be lost?”

 Well, look at vs. 17: “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge (some versions say “condemn” the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.

And look at vs. 18: “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe (rejects the idea of trusting in Christ; refuses) has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

So again, why would anyone refuse to believe in Christ? God has bent over backwards and Jesus has done all the heavy lifting and all that is asked of anyone is to trust in Him and obey; and yet they refuse. Why? Look at vs. 19:

Vs. 19   “And this is the judgment (this word means verdict; here is the judgment handed down by the Judge), that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil.

 John says here that some “men love the darkness.”

 Now, notice vs. 20 “For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

 21 “But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” 

 We are told in the scriptures that a day of judgment will come; Acts 17:21.