“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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16–17, NIV 1984).
My Musings – In his book “The 7 Habit of Highly Effective people,” Stephen R. Covey writes:
I have a friend whose son developed an avid interest in baseball. My friend wasn’t interested in baseball at all. But one summer, he took his son to see every major league team play one game. The trip took over six weeks and cost a great deal of money, but it became a powerful bonding experience in their relationship.
My friend was asked on His return, “Do you like baseball that much?”
“No,” he replied, “but I like my son that much.”
Read that again. How many of us make a habit of going to kindergarten plays? Not many, right? But how many, if at all possible, would miss one that their child or grandchild was in? Is T-ball really a sport we cannot get enough of? It is if our child or grandchild is in it. The examples could go on and on. But I think you get the point.
What would cause Jesus to leave the fellowship of His Father, become one of His creation (yet retaining His divinity), only to die a cruel death at the hands of the people He came to save? I think you get the idea.
Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky
“The Love of God,” Frederick M. Lehman
My Advice – For Covey’s friend, it was a powerful bonding experience. But that’s nothing compared to the born again experience. If you have been born again, continue to bond by growing in Him. If you have not been born again, you can experience the love of God today.
Want to become a Christian? See my blog series “The Born Again Experience.”
Want a closer walk with Christ? See my blog series “Got Spiritual Milk?”