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John 3:16-21 - “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. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
Scott Sauls once pointed out that he had never seen someone come to God because they were condemned by a Christian. He had only seen people come to God through the Gospel of Jesus’ love. These verses from John 3 are often considered the perfect expression of that Gospel: God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to die for us, and through faith in Him we have eternal life. This is the Gospel, and it’s beautiful.
A few observations about this passage:
“Love” is not a “soft” word. When Jesus commanded the Disciples, “As I have loved you, love one another,” He set a breathtaking standard. Love can be painful! It means bearing someone else’s burden. It means waiting longer than seems fair. It means refusing to give up on someone, even when he has exhausted his chances. It means giving from my life to build your life. And it means doing that daily. There is nothing soft about that. Nothing easy.
We never look more like Jesus than we do when we love sacrificially.