John

Day 3: For God so Loved

John 3:1-36, Ezekiel 36:25-27, 1 Timothy 2:5-6

When someone gives me a gift, it makes me stop and ponder the reality that they were thinking of me enough to let their day, emotions, and wallet be interrupted on my account. A thoughtful gift makes me realize that I matter.

When God sent Jesus, it was because sinners—like you and me—matter to Him. Love without action is not real love. True love demands action, and there has been no greater act of love by anyone in the cosmos than God the Father giving His only Son to die for sinners like us. In this gift we see the character and nature of God on display.

God is the best gift giver. We hear many promises from lying lips that whisper, “I love you. I will give you everything,” only to then steal from us the attention and worship meant for the One who truly loves us. We must resist the temptation that plagues all men, which is to worship the gifts God gives instead of the Giver Himself.

The joy of receiving a gift increases with the quality of the gift. No man, when proposing to the woman he loves, comes to her with a ring pop or a cracker jack prize. He proposes with a ring of value, made with glimmering jewels and precious metals like gold, silver, or platinum. The quality of gift given by God is of infinite and priceless worth because the Son of God is perfect and matchless. Jesus, in His incarnation, has displayed the love of God. Those who place their trust in the One who gives a gift like this will never be put to shame.

Love is costly. For the joy that was set before Jesus, He endured the cross and was put to shame (Hebrews 12:2). God spared no expense. No, He gave very best. The love of God the Father cost Him temporary separation from His Son so that sinners could eternally be joined to Him.

Friend, you matter to God. Your pain and circumstances—He cares about them all. He does not just talk about His love for you; He shows you.

Written By Jevon Washington