For God so Loved the World …
Saturday, January 28
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
So many times, over the past eight years I have heard words like, “You will see him again, you will see your son again one day.” I believe that with all my heart, I do, in fact I’m counting on it! However, the question is “why do I get to see my son again?”
Because his good outweighed his bad? No, that can’t be the answer for he was my wild child and his bad definitely outweighed his good. Is it because my good outweighed his bad? No, I can never be good enough to pay the price our son needed for us to see each other again one day.
There is only one reason I will see my son again. That reason is, “"16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) That is the promise from God! That is a gift from God! It is a gift to you and to me, it is a gift to my son, it is a gift to his children, his brother, his dad, and everyone else waiting to be with him again someday.
Who are you waiting to see one day? Is it a child, a parent, sibling, cousin, spouse, or friend. Did they know the power and assurance of God’s gift of love so strong that it compelled Him to send His Son to die for the sins of the world? Did they know that God’s only Son was the resurrection and the life? Do you?
There is one thing about a gift! You have to accept the gift for it to impact your life! I know our son accepted God’s gift of His Son because I watched Adrian walk to the cross and surrender his life to Jesus. I am counting on God’s promise that He gave His first-born Son so that I can see my first-born son again.
Have you accepted God’s gift yet? If not, what are you waiting for? All of us will face death one day. When you do, will you be ready to face it with Jesus – the resurrection and the life – so that you will see all your loved ones who have gone before you into heaven?
Prayer for the Day: Dear Gracious Lord God Almighty, thank You for the gift of Your love. You asked us, “Who do you say that I am?” We want to proclaim to You and the world that You are the Christ, You are the Son of the living God, You are Jesus, the resurrection and the life! Give us the faith to believe and prepare us for the day we will come home to You we pray in Jesus name – Amen.
Personal Prayer: “Lord Jesus, You ask – “Who do you say that I am?” Lord, open my mind so I can understand who You are, and who I am in You.”