Sermon on John 3:16 - Three things God gave us

 Sermon on John 3:16 - Three things God gave us

The Abundant Gifts of God's Love: Love, Atonement, and Eternal Life

In Christ, the depth of God's love for us is immeasurable and beyond comprehension. Today, we will explore three incredible gifts that God has bestowed upon us out of His boundless love. These gifts reveal His character, His mercy, and His desire for an eternal relationship with us.

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I. God Has Given Us His Great Love

The foundation of all these gifts is God's great love. In John 3:16, we are reminded that "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son." God's love for us is not based on our worthiness; it's an unconditional, sacrificial love that seeks to bring us into a relationship with Him. The fact that God chose to love us despite our flaws and shortcomings is a testament to the depth of His grace.

II. God Gave Us His Son as an Atonement for Our Sins

The second gift is the most profound demonstration of God's love—the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:8 declares, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Jesus' sacrifice on the cross serves as the atonement for our sins, bridging the gap between humanity and God. His death and resurrection provide a way for us to be reconciled with the Father and receive forgiveness and salvation.

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III. God Gave Us Eternal Life Through Christ

The third gift is the culmination of God's love—eternal life through Jesus Christ. In John 10:28, Jesus promises, "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand." Through faith in Christ, we receive the gift of eternal life—a life that is not confined to this earthly existence but continues beyond the boundaries of time. This gift allows us to experience unending fellowship with God, free from sin and death.

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Beloved, let us be deeply humbled and grateful for the gifts God has lavished upon us: His great love, the atonement through His Son, and the promise of eternal life. These gifts are not given out of obligation but out of His unfathomable love for us.

May these gifts transform our lives and draw us closer to God. Let us respond to His love by embracing the forgiveness and salvation offered through Christ, by living lives of gratitude and obedience, and by sharing the Good News with others. As we reflect on these gifts, may our hearts overflow with awe and reverence for our gracious and loving Heavenly Father. Let us live as recipients of His love and be conduits of that love to the world around us.

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John 3:16: 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 (NVI)