For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 1 John 4:8-9
JESUS CHRIST IS KING
A sad, sad day here in Australia. Terrorism finally raised its ugly face in the person of a criminal who used IS as a front to achieve his own ends. One can only say terrorism = hatred. Sadly, even as we approach this good will time of the year, one might say:
Hate is impatient and unkind; hate envies and boasts; it is arrogant, rude. It insists on its own way; it is irritable, resentful; it rejoices in wrongdoing, but does not rejoice with the truth. Hate does not bear all things, or believe all things, or hope all things, or endure all things. Hate never ends.
This is in striking contrast to God.
Reading the verses above, I think it is crystal clear: love is something God does very well. He is love so how could he not do it well?
- God so loved the world he sent his Son; God was made manifest among us: we witness this at the birth of Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem – the Word made flesh.
- God did not send his Son to condemn the world: even though the world deserves condemnation.
- God sent his Son to save his people: God saves sinners, those who are rebellious against him and his laws.
…from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:5-6
It is a wonderful thing to be loved by the almighty King of kings.