"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish, but may have everlasting life" (John 3:16, Coulter Bible).
...oh, you're still here? I have experienced a number of people actually offended by the use of that scripture because of its perceived over-use within mainstream Christianity. Watch most any football game, NASCAR race, or any other major sports event on TV, and you are likely to see a "John 3:16" banner held by a fan within the stands. It is perhaps, the most used bible verse or most quoted bible verse, definitely the most publically displayed.
Does the frequency of its use, or of its public display, diminish its value and importance? Have you and I become jaded by that verse and so it’s lost its power with us?
In that one verse, do we recognize the power ("God so loved", "He gave", "His only begotten Son"), the hope ("everyone who believes in Him"), the promise ("not perish"), and the reward ("everlasting life")? It reveals the entire plan of God ... the begotten Son given as a sacrifice, after living a perfect human life, to pay a penalty of death to account for every sin committed by every human so that ultimately, every human has an opportunity to choose not to perish, but have eternal life. Wow! Incredible!
If we were to choose just one single verse to give us reason to live a life committed to following His example ("believes in Him"}, to keeping His commandments, His Holydays, His Passover, and receiving His promised reward, I would offer the opening verse: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish, but may have everlasting life" (John 3:16, Coulter Bible).
If I were to ask to name one verse within the entirety of the bible that addresses the plan of God, I am sure a number of suggestions would be named. But is there a single verse that can succinctly define the plan any better than John 3:16? Let's take a look at two more:
1 John 4:9-11 “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” NKJV
Romans 5:8-9 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” NKJV
Two more WOW verses that offer such hope from the death penalty that we have earned...but with, perhaps, not the distinct promise of eternal life we see stated in John 3:16.
Suffice it to say that those reading this are dedicated to a lifestyle that would lead toward the reward, "everlasting life", commonly referred to as "eternal life". In approximately five weeks, those dedicated will partake in THE MOST IMPORTANT OBSERVANCE of the entire year...every year...the Christian Passover. Observing the true Passover is not only commanded by Jesus Christ (Yeshua), but its participation is fundamental to salvation and eternal life.
John 14:6 "...I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." NKJV
John 6:53-54 Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. NKJV
Partakers of the Passover observance realize that the taking in of unleavened bread and a sip of wine are symbols of the New Covenant administered on the night of His (Yeshua's) last Passover. However, previous to the bread and wine, an event took place that is another important symbol to participate in during the Passover observance.
Click on “Continue Reading” to discover what else happened on that eventful Passover night and conclusions we might draw from all of this.