Another Look at John 3:16

A lot of people know John 3:16. Surprisingly, however, some don’t realize it was spoken by Jesus.

A lot of people know John 3:16. Surprisingly, however, some don’t realize it was spoken by Jesus. As we strive to hear him, we need to hear John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Yesterday we looked at the two verses immediately preceding this one. There we heard Jesus also say that the way to eternal life is by believing in him. The verses immediately following say the same thing. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

In these verses, Jesus talks about receiving eternal life, being saved, and not being condemned. The one thing he stresses is believing. He says it five times in these critical five verses. Not once does he mention any works we must do. And, as we saw yesterday, Jesus equated belief with looking at him and trusting in what he did for us.

How do we receive eternal life? Jesus said by believing. How are we saved. Jesus said by believing. How do we escape condemnation? Jesus said by believing. What will condemn us? Jesus said by not believing. It’s all about looking to and trusting in what he did for us. This is what Jesus said over and over.

Friends, hear him. Place all your hopes of living with Heavenly Father for all eternity on what Jesus has already done for you. Don’t think you have to do anything to earn God’s favor or be worthy in his sight. Trust solely in Jesus. Rest all your hopes in the perfect life he led for you and the death he died for you. And you will be saved.

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