This is the second sermon in a series on John 3:16. The first sermon examined the question “What Is God Like?” Today we examine the question “What Is The Meaning of Jesus Death?” In John 3:16 we read that God “gave His only begotten son.” What is the meaning behind that gift? Jesus death had a significant meaning. Notice three statements that were made by Jesus death.
I. The first statement: Jesus was the ultimate expression of God’s love.
There are many ways of expressing love. You can say it. You can give jewelry. You can give flowers or candy. You can do thoughtful deeds. Even so, God could have used many means to express His love. He expressed His love in the pages of the Bible. He expressed His love through His blessings. However, the ultimate expression of God’s love was displayed in sending His son Jesus.
Illustration: The words of a child indicate ways of expressing love. Love is…
"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love."
"Love is when someone hurts you, and you get so mad, but you don’t yell at them because you know it would hurt their feelings."
"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is okay."
"Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."
"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well."
"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."
"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."
([Love from a Kid’s Point of View, Citation: "What Is Love—From a Kid’s Point of View," LightSinger, (accessed 3-14-02)] (Contributed to Sermon Central by A. Todd Coget) This is how a child sees love expressed.
God expressed His love when he sent Jesus to die for our sins. God’s love was expressed with a sacrificial spirit. In John 3:16 there is great emphasis placed on the fact that Jesus is God’s “only begotten son.” God gave the most precious thing He had as a sacrifice for mankind’s sin. Those who are parents know the agony of seeing your children hurt. Not long after we moved here David had to have surgery. He was a sick young man. He was nauseated. He was passing blood. It hurt me to see my son going through that ordeal. As a parent you would rather take the pain than see your child suffer. To think that God would express His love by sending His only son is incomprehensible. You might say, “God did not hurt like us because he knew what the outcome would be.” The point is, God allowed himself to feel mankind’s pain by allowing Jesus to suffer and die for us.
Illustration: Bryan Chapell tells a story that happened in his hometown. Two brothers were playing on the sandbanks by a river. One ran after another up a large mound of sand. Unfortunately, the mound was not solid, and their weight caused them to sink in quickly.