Day 5 – (March 11, 2019)
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only
The words of John 3:16 go to the heart of God’s good news for the world. They tell us that God so loved the world that he gave… The love of God is the fundamental truth upon which Christianity is built. If God
It was an extraordinary and costly action – not just for the Son, but also for God the Father. The climax and consummation of God’s love is the cross of Christ. Often we think of God the Father as the stern and forbidding judge of a sinful world, while God the Son is our rescuer. John is telling us that God, in his amazing love for us, initiated our rescue and was just as much involved in the cost of our redemption as God the Son. God gave himself absolutely. In 1 John 4:10 we read: In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
These statements are ‘heavenly things’. We only know them by revelation and we only appropriate them by faith. And as we saw in yesterday’s reading, to have the faith we need God’s help. We need to ask him to awaken us to the reality of his love.
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent: create and make in us new and contrite hearts, so that we, truly lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (1662 BCP, Ash Wednesday)
Daily Reading Plan
Read John 3:16-36
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