Aug 4, 2020
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/131
For God so loved the world is a
summary of John’s understanding of God and of the Christian faith.
Almost every word of the summary is important. Here a few
- So –
The Greek word can mean “so much,” but its primary meaning is “in
this way” or “in this manner.” It is this meaning that is
used throughout John’s gospel. While God’s love is
indescribably infinite, the point here is not how much God loves
but how God loves. God gave God’s Son.
– While the world is often pictured in John as hostile to God, it
is also God’s creation. God loves his enemies, those who have
rebelled against him. These words give witness to God’s model for
his…Son – This is not God sacrificing or punishing Jesus for the
sins of humanity. It is important to remember that if you have seen
Jesus you have seen God. God and Jesus are one and the same.
God does not punish Jesus but takes our sin into himself. Jesus
giving himself is God’s self-giving love.
– Comes from the Greek word for “unique” or “only one of its kind.”
It is not referring to the birth of Jesus but to the uniqueness of
- Believes – Comes the Greek word for faith,
which is translated as “trust.” It is a dynamic word inferring
action as opposed to a static word referring to what aspires to.
Trust and obey, there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus than to
trust and obey.
- Eternal life – Comes the Greek word for
“quality” of life. It does not refer to an extension of life
as much as it refers to “kind of life” one lives in relationship to
God as seen and experienced in Jesus
Look for God’s love today. As
you go about your day, pay attention to where you see God’s love
for people, creation, and for you.
did you experience God’s love for the world today?
O God, thank you for your love
in and through Jesus. I am grateful for your love in my life and in
the lives of the people around me. I am especially grateful that
you are helping me become more loving. Help me focus my eyes more
upon Jesus, so I may love you more deeply in the people I meet
along the way. Amen.