Friday, December 15, 2018
“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
This may be the best known verse among both believers and nonbelievers, but have you ever looked at it from Gods’ perspective? When we speak of Gods great love for us, it’s hard to comprehend a love where a parent sends his son to die for another. Almost six years ago we lost our oldest daughter, and three and a half years later buried our other daughter. We literally held their hands as they passed from this life and met Jesus for eternity. Along with the expected shock and grief, we vividly remember asking God “why” and declaring that He just didn’t know what we were going through. What a silly thought that was; Jesus was born to die, and God willingly watched as His son was tortured and crucified. He did that for us and you. God did understand and He grieved with us and for us. What an amazing love! The gift of eternal life. The Hope for all tomorrows. God used two extraordinary young women to glorify Him through their lives. He chose us to glorify Him through their deaths.
How can you reflect this love in your life today and in the days to come? It may be difficult at times, but always remember that God has saved us through his redeeming love.
Lord Jesus, thank you for loving us enough to die for us and for giving us the hope and promise of eternal life. Help us to remember the love that our Heavenly Father has for His children and to share that message with others during this season and every day of the year.
Contributed by William & Joy Tyner