If you ever been to Sunday School you have most likely heard that verse. It is so well known among Christians that we seldom really feel the depth of what all it has to say. This verse IS the gospel, the good news, that explains to us all how to receive eternal life.
No matter what some people try to say, the words are true. God loved the whole world, each and every person on it. Man was created by God and mankind is offered redemption by him. God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9) and wants all to have eternal life (1 Timothy 2:4).
God showed this love by sending His Son. That is what many Christians are celebrating at Easter. The fact that Christ, who lived a sinless and perfect life, was sacrificed and sentenced to a death which he did not deserve to pay the penalty for sinners like us so that we can have a life that we do not deserve.
Isaiah 53:6 says, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all”.
So to pay for our sins Christ was nailed to a cross and crucified. What a sad story, at least if you end it there! Too often many of us do. If asked why they are saved they will answer quite readily because Jesus died on the cross. But that is only half of the story!
Luke 24:1 reads: “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen!”
Jesus did not remain dead, but instead he was resurrected. As Paul reminds the Corinthians, if Christ was not raised from the dead then our faith is futile and we are still dead in our sins. It was his resurrection that allowed us to receive the ability to be raised again as well and live eternally with Him.
In 1 Corinthians 15:16 it says: “For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins…20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead… 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive”.
Because Jesus was not in that tomb, because he was not there but had risen, we too will be raised again when we meet death. Those who believe in Him, who place their faith in Jesus Christ will also be raised and given everlasting life. But that is only given to those “who believeth in him.” Those who do not believe will perish and spend eternity apart from God in everlasting punishment. The question you must answer this Easter is, “do you believe?”
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
The love of God at Easter
is there for all to see-
He died for us and rose again
and won the victory!
God bless you with His peace & joy at Easter