What If John 3:16 Were Not True?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
What if God had not Loved the World?
Without God’s love
There would be no hope in this world at all
We would be a dark planet hurtling through space
Every prayer would be a useless cry
Every death would be a final act
But God’s love is everywhere
In every blade of grass
In the face of every child
What if God had not Given His Son?
What if instead of His Son
He gave us what we deserve
He just sent us all to Hell, instead of an opportunity for Heaven
But God does love us
Love is in giving
God Gave His son
Without God’s son, we are hopeless
What if God’s Offer of Salvation Wasn’t for the Whosoever?
It’s general, but very particular
It’s for everyone, but it’s for you and me
What if God offered Salvation selectively
To the rich
To the healthy or the fit
To the educated
Some of us, wouldn’t have a chance
He wants us all, just the way we are
It’s good to “clean up”, but God’s not waiting for that
It’s good to “do good”, but God’s not waiting for that
God wants us, just as we are, where we are.
What if God’s Offer Wasn’t Based on Faith Alone?
What if we had to work to be saved
We couldn’t possibly work enough
We would always be stained
We would wilt away
What if we had to “religion” to be saved
If salvation was tied to a church or denomination
If salvation was tied to acts like baptism
Look at the story of the thief
On the cross, the thief asked Jesus to remember him in Heaven
The thief, who had wronged enough to be sent to death
The thief, who now one wanted to be around
Jesus told the thief, that because of his faith, he would be in Heaven with Him
Have you put your faith fully in Jesus Christ?