Sunday, April 27, 2008

John 3:16

I had the privilege of preaching from the most famous verse of Scripture this morning. Martin Luther said John 3:16 is "the gospel in miniature." I was inspired by this quote and just tried to proclaim the gospel as clearly and faithfully as I knew how.

I drew attention to 3 ways the love of God is evident in John 3:16:

1. The Love of God is evident in the Priceless Treasure He Gave: His Only Son.
2. The Love of God is evident in the Wretched Object of His Love: The World.
3. The Love of God is evident in the Precious Promise of The Gospel: Whoever Believes Has Eternal Life.

Sinclair Ferguson wrote, “When we think of Christ dying on the cross we are shown the lengths to which God’s love goes in order to win us back to himself. We would almost think that God loved us more than he loves his Son! We cannot measure such love by any other standard. He is saying to us: I love you this much. The cross is the heart of the gospel. It makes the gospel good news: Christ died for us. He has stood in our place before God’s judgment seat. He has borne our sins. God has done something on the cross we could never do for ourselves. But God does something to us as well as for us through the cross. He persuades us that he loves us.”

1 comment:

Randy said...

I used that same quote when I spoke on the cross a while back. It's a wonderful, humbling quote. What a wonderful Savior!