Summary: Exegetical, evangelistic verse by verse exposition of John’s Gospel; This sermon focuses on the theology of salvation in the end of John 3.
Why did Jesus die? Because God loved you & me so much, He gave His only Son for our salvation, to bring us back to Himself. We could not do this for ourselves.
1) Because God Loves You. How much does God love you? He gave His very best. His one & only Son.
· Rom 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
· 1 John 4:9 “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.”
· Unlimited salvation: Whosoever, anyone can; not everyone will. Young, old, Jewish, Gentile, black, white: God is no respecter of persons. How will you rspond to this love from God?
2) Because of Judgement. Jesus came to save lost people. Matt 22:1-14 Why are you here?
· “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
· Is God’s will always done? No. That’s sin. And many people are lost. But not because God wants that.
· There is a doctrine of Scripture about the eternal lost state of unbelievers. It is the doctrine of Hell. This is a distateful idea, but it is as true as any in the Bible.
3) Because of Darkness. Why would you not be saved?
· Because you love your sin. Sin is fun, but only for a season. Sin is what you are about.
· You don’t want to hear you are a sinner. “I’m good.”
· You are condemned by your refusal to be saved. Not because God sent you to Hell. You ran every stop sign, ignored all the warnings, discounted all pleas to repent on your way there. SS teachers taught you, and preachers told you, but you ignore every warning.
4) Because of Light. Light threatens darkness.
· Darkness fleas from light. Jesus is the light. Your sin hates Jesus since you see yourself as the sinner you are.
· Everyone wants to be seen as a nice person. Trouble is we’re not good, nice, fine; we’re bad, we’re sinners, we are wicked.
INVITATION: 1 Timothy 1:15 “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.”