by Rex Yancey

Francis Rowley, A Baptist preacher in the mid 1800's wrote, "I will sing
the wondrous story." He was the pastor of FBC North Adams, Massachussetts.
The song was presented to Ira Sankey as a gift. Sankey had the hymn
published and it became a popular hymn of the church. "I will sing the
wondrous story of the Christ who died for me, how He left His home in glory
for the cross of Calvary. Yes, I'll sing the wondrous story, of the Christ
who died for me, sing it with the saints in glory, gathered by the crystal
sea." I grew up in a country Baptist church that sang this hymn.
This story of God's love is indeed a wondrous story., and no where in the
Bible is this wondrous story told better than John 3:16. This has been
called the world's greatest text, the greatest verse in the Bible, the
gospel in a nutshell, a synoposis of the Bible, the best-known scripture in
the Bible, the golden text of the Bible, everybody's text, the little Bible,
and the text that tells all.
I heard somebody say that it was an ocean of thought in a drop of
language. Twenty five verses that tell the existence of God, the
benovelaence of God, the purpose of God, the plan of God, the fall of man,
the salvation of man, and the heart of God. These are not words to comment
on, these are words to feel.
Martin L:uther said, "I love this text beyond measure." It is a verse of
meaning, feeling, revelation, kindness, and action.
This morning I want to point out a few things about the love of God.
1.The origin of God's love. "For GOD so loved the world." One atheist
complained to a Christian that Christians had all the holidays but the
atheists didn't have any. He said, "You have Easter, Thanksgiving,
Christmas, national day of prayer, and others. We atheists don't have any
holidays." The Christian replied, "You do have a holiday, "You do have a
holiday, April fool's Day!" "The fool has said in his heart there is no

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