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God is Love

One of the most famous verses in the Bible is John 3:16, sometimes displayed at football games, on vehicle stickers and roadway signs. The verse contains the message of God’s love, Jesus coming, and eternal life. The verses that follow disclose the heart-breaking desire of people to remain in darkness. Are you living in the light?

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John 3:16-17

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.

The divine gift

God loves more than a people group, gender, or nation. He loves the whole world. His love propelled Him to give the divine gift of His Son as a sacrifice for sin.

Although Christ’s coming brings judgment to those not believing, this was not the purpose. His aim is saving the world.”

John 3:18-19

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.

Lovers of evil

Refusing the divine gift brings judgment. People consumed with wrongdoing prefer to not be shaken out of a comfortable sinfulness. Yet if people desire darkness over light they have chosen condemnation.

John 3:20-21

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.

Loving darkness

Those in darkness hate the light because it exposes the real person. Few like being confronted about what they do wrong. Even so, some willingly lay down pride and respond to the love of God, accepting Jesus.

The challenge

Live life in the light. Choose Jesus! Then tell others about their need to embrace God’s love in order to spend eternity with Him.

How has living in the light changed your life? Share your comments below.

Light born in Darkness

The Son of God has come!

Many Christmas carols refer to the night Jesus was born: “Silent Night…Hark the herald angels sing…O Holy Night…Angels we have heard on high.” They point to the birth of Light in the midst of darkness. He is the message and meaning of Christmas.

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Hark the herald angels sing

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

God and sinners reconciled

Adam and Eve had perfect union with God in the Garden of Eden until they chose to disobey Him (Genesis 3). The rest of Scripture unfolds the story of everyone’s search for God.

The Son of God enters the story and changes the course of time. He makes a way for a renewed relationship between God and His creation.

Joyful nations

Jesus came for everyone, for all nations. God desires to have relationships with Kenyans, Chinese, Austrians, Americans, Brazilians, Israelis, and Iranians.

God places within people a desire to know truth and reality, a restless search not satisfied by wealth, position or any other means. Peace and joy is directly connected to knowing Jesus, Truth and Reality personified.

A newborn King

When Jesus hung on a cross, bearing the sinfulness of man and dying for humanity, a sign hung over him reading,

This is Jesus, King of the Jews.”

He was mocked by Jews and persecuted by Gentiles. The sign is true. He is the King sitting at the right hand of the Father, desiring to exercise kingship over your life.

An eternal gift

God gave the earth to man at creation, a beautiful gift. A. W. Tozer points out in The Pursuit of God, “Sin has introduced complications and has made those very gifts of God a potential source of ruin to the soul.”

Gifts are given at Christmas as a reminder that God gave His Son. Sadly, some gifts exchanged during this Season sometimes damage the soul. Only the gift of Salvation brings Eternal joy.

The challenge

Crown Jesus the King of your heart. Do not allow unwholesome worldly practices to become associated with your life. The only meaningful gift you can receive is the gift of salvation through Jesus.

What kind of light has Jesus brought to your life? Share your comments below.