God has a way of getting a hold of our hearts. Often, He brings wise believers into our lives so that we can know His Will more fully. In recent days I have observed and heard from a wise man of God. God has a habit of taking the things we shove off as elementary to confound all the wisdom we think we have. This wise man of God pointed me to a verse that I used to roll my eyes when I heard a sermon on it. How cliché is it for someone to preach on that passage. The passage was John 3:16:
For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
In my foolishness, I thought this was the passage you spoke on to be non-controversial, or maybe a little lazy. Ran out of time for your sermon? Just pull out the John 3:16 sermon. God has since shown me how wrong I am. Starting last week (March 24th), we are going through the passage surrounding John 3:16. Last week, we started with the “Whosoever Concept.” The whosoever concept is that God loves every person from every background, situation, and lifestyle. His Son’s sacrifice is effective for anyone no matter how vile or innocent by human standards.
When faced with the Whosoever Concept, Christians should do two things:
- Consider your worth that you are bought by the blood of Christ.
- Identify each person you meet as a potential brother or sister in Christ.
This Easter, we will be celebrating that Jesus is for whosoever. We want all people of all races, of all classes, and all places to come join the celebration. Whosoever means you and me. That is worth celebrating!
Take heart and go share the Gospel. Jesus died for sinners, and it is our duty to tell them.