Summary: Gospel Message using John 3:16’s phrase, "He Gave." Using various scriptures (1 John 4:9-10, Genesis 22, and John 1, the sermon explains: God gave 1.)His only begotten son, and 2.)the world the offer of salvation.

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Message developed as part of series inspired and adapted from Max Lucado’s book 3:16, Numbers of Hope, study guide materials, and his sermon series by the same title.

Scripture: 1 John 4:9-10; Genesis 22; John 1

Title: He Gave

Series: 3:16 (part 3)


Thirteen-year-old Logan Henderson lives on a ranch located in the middle of Nebraska. Isolated from much of the world - he often listens to a Christian radio station out of Houston, Tex. which he picks up on Sky Angel. In late October 2007 Logan made a call to the station…

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“God gave his Son too.” It wasn’t to put down a broken world, but to give it life.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.”

And, as that little boy said. God gave his son for a purpose. The purpose for which God gave His son is that “Whosoever will believe in Him shall not die but have everlasting life.”

Before we leave this morning, you need to personally know that God gave His one and only son for you. Please turn to 1 John 4:9-10

I. God Gave His One and Only Son

Last time we focused in on the love of God, “For God so loved.” Today I want you to focus on how that love was manifested. Read 1 John 4:9-10.

The first thing I want you to remember this morning is the answer to the question “what did God give?” Perhaps I should ask the question this way, “Who did God give?”

God gave his one and only son. The scripture in 3:16 and 1 John 4 both carry the title “only begotten” or one and only son.

Perhaps you read in the first entry in Max Lucado’s 40-day devotional that we gave you last week, that the original word that describes Jesus is the word, “monogenes.” Of course mono means one, and we use the term genes, or genetic more frequently now, meaning that it has to do with essential elements that make up a human being. Thus, the one who is the monogenetic son of God has a special relationship to God.

All of us are made in the image of God, but Jesus is the only begotten Son. He has a unique sonship. The O.T. gives us an example of this in Abraham and Isaac.

Let me remind you about Abraham. In Genesis, he was promised by God that he would be the father of countless generations. Great! But he didn’t have any children and was older than everyone here. As time passed, and he and his wife were not producing even one child let alone nations, they decided to let Abraham father a child with one of their servants. A son named Ishmael was born, but God was not pleased because this was not according to God’s will.

With God’s help Abraham and Sara finally had Isaac. Of course Abraham loved Ishmael, but Isaac was special. He was unique to God’s plan between Abraham and Sara. In this sense, even though he had another child, Isaac was Abraham’s only begotten. Then when Isaac was maybe about the age of that boy on the radio, God asked for Abraham to give him something. Abraham was supposed to sacrifice his special son to God.

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