“… believeth in him” …” – The Greatest Simplicity

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.”

I recently helped with a charity event.  When it was over there were many that helped load the pickup trucks and “many hands made light work.”  I stood and watched several men far more qualified than I, try and try to tie down the load on the trailer.  They went this way with ropes and that way with elastic cords.  This did not work so it was start over from the beginning.  Let’s put the ropes this and this way and the elastic cords that way.  The final tie down was really quite simple, as it appeared to me.

Yet in life we try to make things far too complicated.  We are told, “If you are going to attain _____, then you need to do _____.”  We have lost the simplicity of the gospel message.  It is so simple that people do not believe it.  “You mean all I have to do is pray?”  “But, I have done _____.”  It matters not once the sin is confessed and forgiven by God.  Glory to His name.  In II Corinthians 11:3 we are warned to not let the simplicity of Christ get lost in the complexity of preaching.  The gospel is simple.  All we have to do is receive it and be saved.

So, how are you doing?

“… that whosoever …” – The Greatest Invitation

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.”

When I was growing up, I was always the fat kid with glasses.  In some circumstances, I am still thought of in this way even today.  Sometimes this reality hurts still.  It is horrible to stand in a line and look around and see you are the last one standing there and see the disgust of the last team captain to pick as he says, “Come on.”

God has issued “The Greatest Invitation” to all of humanity.  The word “whosoever” is one of my favorite Bible words.  We sang a song recently that contained these words, “whosoever surely meaneth me”.  You see, when you accept God’s invitation, you are in.  There is nothing to worry about.  When you arrive, there will be no wondering if you will get in or not.  You are in.  You see, it is truly “The Greatest Invitation”.  Have you accepted God’s open invitation for salvation?  Please accept this invitation soon because we are not guaranteed even our next breath.

So, how aer you doing?

“… his only begotten son, …” – The Greatest Gift

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.”

I have been given some memorable gifts in my life.  I remember getting a bicycle for Christmas one year.  I stood on a foot stool in the living room beside my brand new Huffy BMX bicycyle and attempted to jump over it from the foot stool.  The next thing I remember is my Grandmother rubbing a cold, wet washcloth over my face and someone smacking my cheeks.  I loved that bike and had many happy hours riding it.

However, it is not the greatest gift I have ever received.  Look at Matthew 26:7-8, “There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.  But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?”  These mistaken, misunderstanding disciples were missing the whole point of the gift.  Like my gift was not to be a hurdle; but, a bicycle.  This woman gave this perfume as an offering; but, all the others could see was a wast and not worship.  It was a great gift.

The Greatest of all gifts is the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross in our place.  That is a gift so precious that it cannot be assigned a price.  It is priceless.  Have you received the greatest gift of all times?

So, how are you doing?

“… that he gave…” – The Greatest Act

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.”

Suppose you were standing in a court room in front of the judge.  The charges are laid out before you and you are asked, “How do you plead?”  You say, “Your honor I am guilty; but,  let me explain.”  You see.”  The judge cuts you off and you are not allowed to explain.  He tells you that an anonymous stranger came and paid your $100,000 bail.

This just how Jesus did you and I.  He went to the cross to pay the penalty of our sin.  All you and I can do is receive it.  Look at  Psalm 49:7-8, “None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:  (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)”  What these to verses of Scripture are saying is that there is nothing we can do to earn salvation.  All we can do is put our faith and trust in Christ and receive it.  Because it is what He has done, we cannot loose it either.

So, how are you doing?

“… the world, …” – The Greatest Number

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.”

According to www.census.gov the current world population at this time is 7,041,304,221 people.  This is staggering to me.  As you look around and take inventory consider how big of an impact you and I are making on the “world”.  I can tell you that I am honestly not doing enough. According to another website there were over 149, 500 people died today alone (at this writing).  This is staggering to me also.

Yet, Christians set on their pews and are satisfied with “me, my four and no more” attitude.  God is not pleased with this!  He commissioned the Church in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  Jesus said that the world is our mission field and we have great numbers of people today to reach.

So, how are you doing?

“… so loved…” – The Greatest Emotion

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.”

Our world today is as mixed up as a termite in a yoyo.  We have mistaken “love” for lust.  Males will tell females, “Yes, I love you.”  Then when they get what they want, they drop the poor girl like a hot potato.  Some think that love is the butterfly feeling you get in your gut when you are in the presence of someone you are fond of.

The Word of God declares in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  You see, real love is self-sacrificing.  Love gives.  If you love that person you will do for them as the Scripture commands you to do.  Love is not the physical union behind closed doors.  It is vastly more than that.  God loved you and I so much that He sent Jesus to die in my place and in your place.  That is love!  Jesus has a question for you in John 21:15, “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.”

So, how are you doing?

“For God” – The Greatest Person

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.”

Cassius Clay was charismatic, outspoken and nicknamed “The Greatest,” heavyweight boxing champion was the dominant heavyweight fighter of the 1960s and 1970s.  He would dance around the ring and proclaim his greatness.  Well, you might know him batter as Muhammad Ali.

The sad reality is that he is not the greatest.  The true Greatest is Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone.  There is no other to compare Him to.  Look at Matthew 11:11, “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”  John the Baptist was a great man; but, he was not greater than Jesus Christ.  He only can save you from sin and take you to Heaven when you die.  And in the mean time fill your life with blessings innumerable.

He is willing to save you.  The choice is yours.  If you choose to make no decision today you make a no decision for Christ.  Don’t wait, friend because one day it will be too late.

So, how are you doing?

John 3:16 Part 2

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.”

While growing up at Bethesda Baptist Church in Brownsburg, IN my wife had the pleasure of taking her first piano lessons from Mrs. Martha Tyler (a dear saint of God) who just happened to be married to the late Dr. Don Tyler.  He was the Pastor of the Church and was a giant of a man both spiritually and physically.  His voice to me was as big as he was (maybe bigger, I don’t know).  Every yea, for many years the Church put on a living Christmas tree (my wife and her mother both sang in the tree).  At the close of the performance Pastor Tyler would present the following message from our text verse today, John 3:16.

I. The Greatest Person – “For God”
II. The Greatest Emotion “so loved”
III. The Greatest Number – “the world,”
III. The Greatest Act – “that he gave”
IV. The Greatest Gift “his only begotten Son,”
V. The Greatest Invitation – “that whosoever”
VI. The Greatest Simplicity – “believeth in him”
VII. The Greatest Calamity “should not perish,”
VIII. The Greatest Duration – “but have everlasting”
IX. The Greatest Possession – “life.

Length of time and writing space will not allow me to expand on this for myself.  Possibly another day.  I hope you enjoy reading this beloved outline.  If you have never trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour please contact me and let me show you how you can do just that.

So, how are you doing?

John 3:16

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.”

A friend gave me the following outline and told me not to give him credit for it.  Here goes:

I. God’s love is without cause.  Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  While we were yet in our sin God loved us anyway.  I tell people all the time that if I was a bank robber, that God would have died for me even while I was in the very act of robbing a bank.  We cannot merit the love of God.  Nothing we do will cause God to love us more or less and that is the truth.

II. God’s love is without pause.  Jeremiah 31:3, “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”  There are some people that believe that they are “too bad” and that God cannot save them.  This is a lie straight from the pits of hell!  The only person who God cannot save is the person who refused to trust Him for salvation.  God has loved you and I with an everlasting (never ending) love.

III.  God’s love is without flaws.   I John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”  Far too many people have a wrong view of God.  They see Him as some being “out there somewhere” just waiting to crush us with His fist when we do wrong.  This could not be further from the truth.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, God is a God of judgement and justice; but, He has given you and I a way of escape from His wrath.  You see, His love is perfect.

Friend, if you have never experienced God’s love first hand let me ask you to trust Him today as your Saviour.  Turn from your sin to God and acknowledge your sinfulness to God.  Then ask Him to forgive you ad save you. The great news is that He will do just that.

So, how are you doing?

Words Of Wisdom For Everyday Living

Deuteronomy 6:6-7, “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up”.

Dr. Johnny Pope relates the following story from his childhood.  “‘Sand Spur Sunday School’

When I was ten and David was twelve, our father was taking us down to our swimming hole at Lake Hollingsworth. We had just crested the hill and we could see the lake. Dad would not let us get in the water unless he could see us. We implored, “Daddy, may we run for the water?” He said, “Go ahead boys!” We ran lickety-split for our delightsome destination. While racing barefoot though the grass, we encountered sand spurs! As soon as one foot was filled, we put the other foot down to pull them out, then the second foot was filled, so we had to sit down to attend to both feet and now we felt pain in places we would rather not mention. … Evermore the teacher, he said, “Boys you are going to have to learn to walk circumspectly.” He then commenced taking off his shoes, then his socks. Those white feet had probably not seen the light of day for thirty years (…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel!…Rom. 10:15). Then as nimble as a seasoned stag, Dad began to negotiate the sand spur infested field. He said, “Here’s how you do it, you slow down, don’t run. You must look very carefully. Ah! there’s a clump of spurs, I’ll just step around them. And there’s some more; I’ll now step over them. Well, my, my there’s another batch, I’ll back up and go this way.” The old master didn’t get one spur, not one! Then he said, “Get those spurs out boys and follow me!” As we walked together, he said, “Watch me boys!” Pretending the clump of spurs were dangers in life we were to avoid, he continued as we walked down to the lake, “Uh-oh, there’s a juke-joint (city-dwellers call them night clubs); step around that place boys, don’t ever go there! Look out, look out, there’s some beer, step right around that poison! Don’t touch that, not a drop! And my, my there’s a temptation for tobacco, just step right over that one, leave that nasty stuff alone. Look out sons! There a pretty gal, but oh she’s loose; she’s wicked, don’t get near her, just back up go another way!” Then before we got into the water Daddy quoted, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise” (Ephesians 5:15). David and I learned what it meant that day to walk circumspectly. We never forgot. Dad did a great job at fulfilling Deuteronomy 6:6,7, which says, “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

We must be careful how we walk and where we walk because it could be painful.  We must remember that others are following behind us and watching our every move.

So, how are you doing?