This one sentence does a great job of summing up the Good News – “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.”
God loved us so much that he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to pay the price for all of our sins for all time on the cross. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection, those of us who put our faith in him can have an eternal relationship with God which starts here on earth and ends in heaven …. forever.
This is the most important news anyone can ever hear. People who are not Christ-followers don’t know it, but they are looking for Jesus. They might think they are looking for a better job, a better spouse or a better house, but they are really looking for Jesus. We were all created with a God – shaped hole which only God can fill. There will be an emptiness in our lives until we accept the salvation offered by Jesus and live in his Light.
This emptiness explains a lot of what we’re seeing go on in our world right now. People are looking for something and they aren’t finding it so there is anger, frustration, confusion and unrest. Evil thrives in this kind of environment. This will continue until they look to Jesus to fill that hole. He’s the only answer.
I cannot remember a time in my life when it was more important for those of us who have put our faith in Jesus to share our stories, share the Good News, share our trust in God and share that we know how this story is going to end. Judging those who do not know Jesus is not the right response to what is going on. Jesus tells us today that loving those who haven’t accepted the free gift of salvation yet is the right answer.
God has already claimed victory, we’re just living through the mess that Satan is masterminding. Satan is winning some battles, but we have nothing to fear – God has won the war.