Have you ever attended a sporting event or perhaps watched one on television and seen “JOHN 3:16” displayed on a stadium wall or a fan’s poster? For millions of Christians this simple phrase identifies one of the most familiar Bible Scriptures. So familiar, in fact, that we can easily take for granted the profound message contained in this passage.
In welcoming this New Year I’d like to offer a different perspective…an unpacking of John 3:16. Because closer reading reveals the full Gospel of Jesus Christ contained in this one short verse, I will even be so bold as to challenge you to memorize it.
God… the greatest Lover
so loved…the greatest degree
the world…the greatest population
that He gave…the greatest act
His Only Begotten Son…the greatest Gift
that whosoever…the greatest invitation
believes…the greatest simplicity
in Him…the greatest attraction
shall not perish…the greatest promise
but…the greatest difference
have…the greatest assurance
everlasting Life…the greatest inheritance.