“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Probably one of the most well-known Bible verses in this thing we call the world.
I was on my way to youth group Wednesday preparing to teach a lesson involving this scripture. My desire for the youth, and for my community, is that we will be able to catch even just a glimpse of how much the Lord loves us. That said, I was considering having each youth write John 3:16 on a note card and put their name in place of “the world.”
Then I thought: “Well that’s dumb, cheesy, corny and all the other things.”
As that thought entered my mind, the Lord quickly reminded me of Luke 15 and the parable of the lost sheep. I felt like the Lord was saying even if the verse read, “For God so loved Bethany,” he would have sent his son. He would have sent his son even for one of us. When I think of that kind of love, I am overwhelming. I cannot even begin to fathom how vast his love for one single being is.
The song You Don’t Miss A Thing has been running through my mind ever since. In a crowd of 10,000 Jesus sees the one–with their past, present future, with their triumphs and their failures, with their pain and prosperity. And he chooses them. Over and over and over. He chooses you, every time.
Allow the mystery and wonder of his love overwhelm you today.
Until Next Time,