Summary: What if God had not loved the world.
Text: JOHN 3:16-18 AMP
““For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him].”
A. The Most Familiar Verse in the Bible
1. Taught to children in Sunday school
2. Whispered to loved ones on death beds
3. Appears in Crowds at athletic events
B. Why John3:16 Is a Text for Us All
1. Contains love enough for us all
2. Contains sacrifice enough for us all
3. Contains invitation enough for us all
4. Contains life that is long enough for us all.
C. Rediscovering John 3:16)
LET US CONSIDER THIS FOUR POINTS
A. LOVE ENOUGH FOR US ALL
1. "For God so loved the world"
2. What if God had not loved the world
a. We would all be without hope
b. There would be no purpose in living.
3. God so loves us all
a. No matter what we have done
b. No matter what our positions in life
c . No matter how worthless we feel.
B. SACRIFICE ENOUGH FOR US ALL
1. "That he gave his only begotten Son"
a. The birth in Bethlehem is in these words
b. The sinless life of Jesus is in these words
c. The death of Jesus is in these words
d. The resurrection of Jesus is in these words.
2. God's love moved Him to give His Son.
3. The Sufficient sacrifice for our sins
a. The Lamb of God sacrificed for us all (John 1:19)
b. Cleansed from all sin (1 John 1:7-9)
c .All our sins were laid on Him (Isa. 53:5-6)
d. Washed from all our sins by His blood (Rev. 1:5).
C. INVITATION ENOUGH FOR US ALL
1. "That whosoever believeth in Him"
2. Whosoever is a word for us all
( a. ) A word that is general, yet particular
( b. )A word that embraces all, yet touches each one.
D. LIFE THAT IS LONG ENOUGH FOR US ALL
1. "Should not perish, but have everlasting life"
2. Our natural life span is about 70 - 90 years
3. Everlasting life is far better
A. Here, Then,Is a Message for Us All
B. How Will We Respond to It?
C. All Who Responded in Faith Receive Everlasting Life