God’s love is in our salvation
“No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven — the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
“16 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. 17 For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:13-17
The Titanic was a most extraordinary passenger liner. It was luxurious and unsinkable, according to the builders. However, they were proven wrong. It collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 and sank.
One thousand five hundred passengers from that ill-fated ship drowned that day. In that number were people of every class. Among them was one of the richest men in the United States.
However, when the ship hit that iceberg, it did not matter who the individuals were. Whether a captain, a rich man or a kitchen hand, they were all perishing. Every one of them was perishing.
Like the people on the Titanic, we who live in this world of sin and woe are all perishing. We are perishing because we are drowning in a sea of sin. We need God.
That is why God out of pure love reached out from heaven to save us. He sent his beloved son into the world to die for us, that we may not perish, but have everlasting life.
The above text emphasizes that God loves us and demonstrated his love through the person and work of Jesus. He sent his beloved son into the world to be a propitiation for us.
Jesus, the second person of the Holy Trinity, the son of God, died a cruel death on a cursed tree that we might have life and have it more abundantly. God’s love is in our salvation, which comes through Jesus Christ.
His love for us is demonstrated in our Lord’s sacrificial action. Through this love, we are assured that the promise of eternal life is real and unmistakable.
Yes, God’s unlimited offer of salvation is seen in the text. He wishes to reform our lives; give us direction; lead us in the way of salvation and remind us often of the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life.
Those who search for God will realize that God held nothing back when he sent the son to die for our sins. He cared enough to send the very best, his own son to make our salvation possible and complete.
In this world of limited resources, limited time and limited opportunities, God brings the message of limitless and unconditional love to all mankind. God’s love is in our salvation.
Our salvation was not bought with silver or gold, or through some human negotiated treaty. It was won through the unconditional love that is found in the bruises and scars of his beloved son, Jesus Christ. God is the author of love and mercy. His storehouse never runs out.
Consequently, when we come to saving faith in Jesus Christ, the spirit of truth remodels us. He gives us a change of heart. Subsequent to these changes, we come to love God as our father.
When we are reborn by God through faith, we become God’s children. We receive his blessing through Christ’s work on the cross. Amen.
- Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone 323-4107; E-mail: [email protected].
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