by Jerry Branch

The Need for Jesus
Jerry Branch
John 3:16; John 1:1-4

Have you ever really taken the time to look deeply into one of our favorite Scripture passages? John 3:16, a passage that just about every believer knows by heart. 16 ''For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life'' (NASB). I'd like for us to consider these great words of God's ultimate expression of His love for us:

''For God'' - is not God the greatest Giver?

''so loved'' - love is the greatest motivator, isn't it?

''the world'' - people, human beings who are in greatest of need, not just some, but the whole of His Creation;

''that He gave'' - giving, sacrificial giving, the greatest act of love;

''His only begotten Son'' - the greatest gift, Jesus Christ;

''that whoever'' - the greatest invitation - whoever - any and every one who responds;

''believes in Him'' - What an opportunity to receive the most precious gift of all;

''should not perish'' - God's guarantee, God giving the greatest possible deliverance;

''but have eternal life'' - this is the greatest joy and richest possession that anyone could ever receive and have.[1]

I would sincerely hope that all of us remember what the Lord has done for us, rather than getting too busy to remember. I know that especially this time of year, everyone focuses on giving and receiving gifts. I remember as I was growing up, much of my own focus had been on going out and buying nice gifts and also on what I'd like to have. Christmas has a variety of significances to many different people. For one thing, do you realize that more money is donated to charity in the month of December than any other month? No doubt many are motivated partly because of the Christmas season but there is also the motivation of the upcoming tax season.

And for some reason, Christmas is a time for heightened interest in helping out our fellow men. Statistics show ...

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