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)
God So Loved
How does one compare the immensity of God’s power, majesty, glory, and holiness to anything monumental accomplished by a man framed within a tabernacle of flesh? One of the great tools of Satan is to fill men with pride and arrogance of self-worth. When measured by the scale of God’s existence there can be no comparison. It is the Lord God who holds the universe within the palm of His hand. Consider how big His hand is. Only in the mind of God can He number the stars to an exact digit and then name each star that fills the vast canopy of an immeasurable universe. He knows the volume of water contained on the earth and weighs the dust with a scale so large the known worlds are dwarfed by its size. If a man stands on the top of Mt. Everest he will find that God has dwelled there for eons of time and if a man descends to the deepest parts of the oceans the thumbprint of the Almighty rest on the bottom. The darkness cannot hide him or the sun shine brighter than His majesty. In every faint cry of a newborn child, the voice of God echoes from the eternal halls where life begins waiting for the day when the spirit of man returns to its maker. Time is not measured in the mind of God and He is endless in beginning and future. He existed before the world was formed and remains constant through every page of history unmoved, unchanged and unaffected by the whims of mortal man. His word endures while the writings of men fade away. There is no wisdom as high as the mind of the Almighty and by His word the world remains constant until He decides when all things must end. The breath of man is contained with His hand. He never sleeps, grows weary and His ear is always open to the words of men and His eyes upon all their deeds. The Lord God Almighty is so great no man can fully embrace the magnitude of who He really is.
Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinful man. Trying to grasp the enormity of the presence and character of God is difficult enough but grasping the meaning of how much God so loved the world that He was willing to give His only begotten Son is beyond the ability of man to appreciate. It is easy to say the words spoken by Jesus and to quote the verse proclaiming the love of God for the world but seeking to put into terms how a man can know how great the love of God is to send His Son who was God into a world of flesh to be killed by wicked men and then to save them – how do you explain this? Jesus did not mince words when He chose to explain His Father’s grace: FOR GOD SO LOVED. There is no greater love that man can understand. This is not a trivial matter or easily encapsulated within a single thought to say that God loved but that God so loved the world He did the most remarkable thing. Nothing in the wisdom of human knowledge can explain how men so wicked to kill God could be saved by God. He so loved the world because He created man for His glory. Even though His creation turned his back on Him and denied Him, God so loved the world that He offered a way of escape from His wrath.
Redemption came through the blood of God’s Son. The most incredible gift man will ever know is found in the love of God expressed through the life and death of the only Begotten Son. There are great stories of love in the annals of men but nothing compares to the love of God. As vast the universe is the pin drop of God’s love. The innumerable stars each define the nature of God’s love if a man could only count the number. Year after year testifies to the incredible measure of love found in the saving word of truth, grace, mercy, and love. Nothing man will ever find will measure to the love of God until that final day when he sees his Creator face to face and then – and only then – will man know how much God so loved the world. How mighty and how powerful is the love of God. Man is nothing. God is everything. 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. Unbelievable.