Greatest Promise in the Bible

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“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

As children of God, we have approximately 3,500 promises in the Bible. Some are given conditionally, and some are freely given. From relatively small and temporal to large and spanning eternity, Christians have been given an abundance of promises. We reach out and unwrap some of the promises, and we leave others behind.
Of those gifts that we have unwrapped, we smile at the colors, turn them side-to-side, hug them, bask in their fragrance, and soon, we toss them aside for another unwrapped present or a dollop of the world’s sweetness.
What if we opened the greatest promise in the Bible, took each part of this hope-filled gift apart, prayed, pieced it together as a beloved quilt, and wrapped it around us … every cell feeling its life-giving warmth?

For God …

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, our triune God, our God who is all that is holy, pure, and perfect acted on our behalf.

… so loved …

Almighty God, Prince of Peace, and Wonderful Counselor loved His creation. He loved you and me … in our brokenness, in our sin, in our rebellion.

… the world …

The Creator of the Universe loved His creation, even though this creation rebelled against Him, even though the man and woman said they would rather taste the forbidden fruit than trust that their Creator wanted what was best for them.

… that He gave …

The Everlasting Father gave us a gift. He had already given us the earth to take care of, and we botched it. We did the one thing that Father told us not to do; we ate the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. We learned what sin was.

Father is giving us another gift!

… His only …

Father had only one of these, and He’s giving it to you and me! He must love us greatly.

… begotten Son …

Jesus! Father’s giving us Jesus, not an object! God’s Son left His glory with God in heaven and entered Mary’s womb to become a baby. He lived in a poor carpenter’s family. He taught the people about the kingdom of heaven. He healed the lame, touched the leper, gave sight to the blind, brought sound to the deaf, raised the dead, fed the 5,000, calmed the sea, taught the multitudes, and loved the unlovely.

Jesus, the One we nailed to the cross, took our sins upon Himself. He paid the penalty for our sins.

Jesus died on the cross.

Jesus rose from the dead.

Jesus sits at the right hand of God, saying, “I paid the price for her, for him. They are my sister and brother.”

Jesus loves you and me.

… that whoever …

Anyone? Yes, anyone who reaches out and unwraps the gift. That means a murderer, a liar, an adultress, a thief … anyone.

… believes in Him …

Anyone who trusts in Jesus, God’s gift to the world, anyone who clings to Jesus.

… shall not perish …

The person who clings to Jesus will not suffer spiritual death, a separation from God that would result in great suffering in hell.

 … but have eternal life.

The gift is the fullness of life without an end … walks with God in the cool of the garden … life basking upon the glory of God … life wrapped in the color-filled quilt washed with the precious blood of Jesus.

My prayer

Father in heaven, cause Your great and precious promise to seep into every cell of our being. Cause us to understand Your incomprehensible love, a love that would give Your most precious gift to an unloving and rebellious people. We want to press into You and possess Your promise in all its depth, height, and width. Help us, Lord. Thank You, Jesus!

Tell us the promises God has given you for 2016 in the “Comment” section.

Light of the World … the Christmas Gift

Light Parade 2012

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

One day, Jesus stepped out of eternity into time to dwell with men and women.

This Light of the World walked among men and women, and they watched Him as He turned water into wine, healed the sick, opened blind eyes, raised the dead, calmed the sea, and fed the thousands.

They observed the Light, the colors of His glory, but like the time lapse of photography, the colors and light blurred their vision – a colorful tapestry of purity and glory that they loved to be around. Yet, they did not comprehend this Light, this glory.

Not until His work was finished on the cross, and He was raised from the dead were men and women able to understand this Light.

The Light of the World came to offer eternal life with Him – a free gift. A free gift to men and women, but this gift cost Jesus everything.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

The gift of Christmas. A gift of the Light of the World. A gift of His everlasting love.

His lovingkindness caused Jesus to shed His glory for a time, enter the skin of a baby, grow up in a small town, and walk the hillsides of this earth on His way to die on the cross to pay the price for our sins.

An incomprehensible gift of lovingkindness!

My prayer for you:

Light of the World, shine in our hearts as we reflect upon this miracle birth and this gift that bestows everlasting life through Your love. Thank You for Your gift. We pray for wisdom as we behold the glory of Your light.

May you and your family be awestruck by the Light of the World and the miraculous gift that is yours. May you possess this precious promise.

3 Christmas verses for you

Nativity

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people Luke 1:68

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased. Luke 2:14

My prayer for you:

May our glorious God fill you and your family with awe as you think on the love He has bestowed upon His people. May you be filled with His love to overflowing; may you abound in His peace that passes all understanding; may you bless others widely as you live out the hope that is in you. God bless you. Merry Christmas!