Summary: Evangelistic sermon looking at John 3:16. Where is the love?
Where is the love?
It was the American band the Black eyed peas who had the best selling hit of 2005 in the UK entitled "where is the love?" It real is the growing cry of people from all walks of life noticing the futility and horror of life not just globally but individually. More and more people are asking the question where is the love? The cry in their song is for guidance from God... The good news is that there is guidance and help from above. Found in Jesus Christ alone who took on flesh and it is He who demonstrates a real love towards humanity and gives the opportunity to all to respond in an appropiate way.
So where is the love? Its right here found in the most famous verse in the Bible. But this is not just love which is in words only the Word also manifested itself in the flesh and demonstrated real love which we can encounter and embrace as a reality in our own lives John 3:16
1. “For God so loved”
Martin Luther in regard to John 3:16 says “Here we have the Bible in Miniature” This is the message of the Bible in a nut shell.
But what is love? We sing endless pop songs about it, spoken of more than anything and yet it appears to be in short supply with marriages breaking up along with families torn in two.World wars etc the rise of terrorisim. We see that we live in a world under the grasp of immense evil and rather than love between one another as Christ taught evil is rampent and with that comes hatred.
"If I told you I had found the magic formula for love and Ive bottled it and I’m selling it down at K-Mart or Tesco I would be a very rich man right now. Just go and buy a $1 bottle sprinkle it over your marriage and Hey presto everything is rosey in the garden."
Of course I havent found it in that way, but I’ve found it in a person. It’s not a dollar or a pound its free, but it wasnt cheap it cost one His whole life. He demonstrated real love and if you were the only person in the world, He still would of done it! Just for you....
Firstly lets look at the Worlds love, what its not....
Often found as selfish (sexual experience) “Love is God” if it makes you happy do it. Sex is often mistaken for love!
I do not believe for one minute that love is just fulfilling ones own desires or fulfilling the desires of others. (You scratch my back, I will scratch yours) The world is lacking in real love today.
Unloved lives today.
A Spanish Philosopher said “It is sad not to be loved, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.”
Billions of people today cannot love! The divorce rate is going through the roof people are self intrested its there own needs above all others they consider its a selfish love. Even at the expense of their own children.
The Good news is You can be loved and love at the same time and its found in this verse John 3:16.
For God so loved.
A Mount Gambia there are a number of volcanic sink holes symologists have tried to measure the depth of them ....They have found that they are bottomless the depth is immense and so is Gods love for this world its bottomless.
The entire Gospel comes together in this verse, Gods love is not static or self centered it reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships. When you love someone dearly you are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice.
Pictures of love in action From time to time we see love in action within humanity?
Sept 11th 2001 will stay in our minds forever, I remember seeing an amazing documentary about the New York firefighters going up into the twin towers as others were coming down one way or the other. Yet those firefighters continued going up. Why? Because they get well paid no! Because they demonstrated what it really is to love others. The Bible says "no man has greater love than this that he should lay down his life for his friends."
The Bible says 1Jhn 4.8.God is Love. Love is Holy, love is just and love is perfect. Agape expresses the deep and constant love and interest of a perfect being towards entirely unworthy objects.
Rom 5.8.Read God does not love us because some how we have merited his love in some ritual or act.
Deut 7; 6-9.Gods constant love and promise not human merit.) Covenant of love.