“For God so loved” We think we know what love is. We love our friends and our family and our pets. But God so loved. His love is beyond anything we can think of. Think of a person you love more than anything else. Nope! That’s nothing compared to the love of God.
“the world” This is Jew, Gentile, black, white, Hispanic, Arabic, European, Asian, African, every nationality. God doesn’t care how much melanin you have in your skin. He doesn’t care what part of the world you are from. He so loves people out of every nation, tribe, and tongue.
“that He gave” Have you ever given a gift? Think of the most expensive gift you have given. That is nothing compared to what God has given. He spared no expense for who He loves.
“His only begotten Son” This is Who He gave. His one and only unique Son. Jesus Christ. Born of a virgin. Lived a sinless life. Died a sinners death.
“that whoever believes in Him shall not perish” What do you mean perish? If you don’t believe in the Son then the wrath of God will be poured out on you because all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The punishment for sinning against an eternal God is eternity in hell. This is bad news. But the verse says if you are “whoever” and believe this will not happen.
“but have eternal life.” Yes! Believe and you will receive eternal life. Eternal life with God forever praising the Creator. You will be forgiven of your sins and set free from being enslaved to them. You will be given a new heart being born again to follow the risen and living Son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord.
Believe today! Now is the time!
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16