Sunday, 1 April 2018

Smile God Loves YOU! John 3:16 - Sunday Scripture



What is good for you?


Smiling!


So we are going to smile.


Why?

Because we know God loves us.


I have a favourite mug.
Oh, ok, if you have read my blog in other years you may well have noticed I love mugs and I do have some that are special to me but this one has always been my absolute favourite.



I blogged about it in

Another Coffee Mug  -  A Dose of Encouragement


This mug is going to be my theme pic for this series because


God thinks we are special.

Why?

Because He loves us.


When we think of God loving us there is one verse that will spring to most people's minds and that is




Sometimes we skim over it because we know it so well.  

You learnt it as a child if you went to Sunday School and even people who do not read the bible regularly can quote it  (and I hope correctly because often we are all getting too casual about the Word of God and thinking we know a verse but instead we are misquoting it).

There are so many things we could say about this verse, so many key words, so much truth and hope and promise and love all poured into it.


I always like to take verses in their context so let's read over the verses surrounding this in John chapter 3

The New Birth
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.   14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

In verses 14 to 18 we are focused on Jesus, the love God has for all of us and the proof of it.

Not just once do we get the message of John 3 v 16 but we have it repeated in this passage.  
In fact the message of salvation is in each of those 3 verses.  

Words are repeated and phrases repeated and if God repeats something then we need to take heed because it is very important.


Then there in the middle of it all is the reason why Jesus came to die


Then there in the middle of it all is the reason why Jesus came to die -


Because God loved us so much He wanted to make a way for us 

to be able to live and not perish, 

live with Him and be in His presence 

even though none of us could ever deserve such a privilege.







16 comments:

  1. There are so many reasons to smile when you know how much God loves us.

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  2. What a sweet and encouraging post! I love it! TY for your heart to encourage! ❤

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  3. Grateful to be reminded of God's sheer and perfect love for us. His love - the very reason He sacrificed all for us. May we remember this, not only on Easter, but every day we draw breath. Blessings!

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  4. Sandra - I love your post was inspired by a coffee mug. I don't really drink coffee, but I love a good much and enjoy drinking milk or juice in an inspirational coffee mug at breakfast. Oh and yes!!! I am a firm believer if God says something once it's important, but if He repeats Himself, well we have better understand the magnitude of what He is saying as it is super important. Blessings I am your neighbor over at #SpritualSunday

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  5. Thank you, Sandra! It is such a familiar line that sometimes we just pass over it, but when we stop to really consider the love God has for us, it is life-changing. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of the peace that is possible because of God’s love. Definitely reason to smile... and sing and praise and love. Blessings to you!

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  6. Thanks for the encouragement Sandra. It's such a huge concept that it's easy enough for us to gloss over it, but we really need to pause and soak it all up.

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  7. Like you said, "so much truth and hope and promise and love all poured into it." Amen!

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  8. Such a great verse. Without what it stands for we would have no Jesus or the Holy Spirit to guide us. Great reminder.
    Happy Sunday from Peabea @ Sunday Scripture Blessings

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  9. This is a great reminder - thank you for sharing it!

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  10. It's always so wonderful to have a reminder of God's promise for us!

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  11. It is so important to remember God's love. Sometimes, life can get rough and we may lose site of it, so thanks for the reminder!

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  12. Such beautiful words here, sharing God's Word! Thank you for this precious reminder, and the best reason of all to smile!!

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  13. We have lots of reasons to smile, don't we! If God never did anything but save us, it should be reason enough!

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  14. Thanks for sharing the context of this verse. It's so much more rich when we are reminded of how this love is all tied up in Jesus and what he did for us. Blessings to you! Thanks for linking with us at the #LMMLinkup.

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