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John 3:16

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Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Many people in our country will be watching the Philadelphia Eagles play the New England Patriots.
If you pay very careful attention you might spot a sign, a t-shirt, or someone’s face painted with these words: .
This is a bible verse that many of us memorized as new christians.
John 3:16 KJV 1900
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 RVR60
Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.
This is probably the most important verse of the New Testament for it speaks to us about:
God’s love
God’s Son
God’s judgement
God’s salvation

I. God’s love

I. El amor de Dios

The apostle John immediately begins this passage by pointing us to God’s love.
We are told of that God showed his love for the world.
Let us not forget the God of the Bible is a God of love. In fact this same author writes in : “God is love”.
Now, this is extraordinary because since the beginning of time we are told about man’s rebellion against God. God formed Adam and Eve. They were perfect in every way and yet they decided to turn away from God is disobedience.
During Noah’s lifetime we see depraved humanity sinning continually against God.
Many years later, we see people offering their children as living sacrifices to the idols, burning their children upon their altars.
God sends his Son and the Jews and Romans put him to death, even death by crucifixion.
Fast forward to the last 100 years and we see wars, man’s greed for more wealth, abuse of the weak, racism, abortion, and many other sins — and yet the Bible says that God loved the world.
Why would God love the world? Why would God insist in loving humanity?
There is nothing God in us that would make us deserve God’s love. God loves the world because of his great mercy and compassion.
We are his creation and God has determined to express his love upon his creatures.

II. God’s Son

II. El Hijo de Dios

How did God love the world? In what way has God shown his love to humanity?
God sent his Son. The Father sent his one and only Son to this world do die on behalf of all those that would believe in him.
God sent his Son, knowing that he would be lifted up upon a cross, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert.
That is the extent to which God loved the world that he gave that which was most precious to him — his only Son.
He sent his Son to die for a rebellious people.
He sent his Son to die for God-haters.
He sent his Son to die for racists.
He sent his Son to die for the worst of sinners.

For this reason, many of John’s followers were confused when people started to follow Jesus.
In we read of their concern that Jesus was now baptizing and people were following him and not John the Baptist.
John 3:26 NIV
They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”
John 3:26 NVI
Aquéllos fueron a ver a Juan y le dijeron: —Rabí, fíjate, el que estaba contigo al otro lado del Jordán, y de quien tú diste testimonio, ahora está bautizando, y todos acuden a él.
ohn 3:26
Nevertheless, John knows that he is not the Savior. John is not the Messiah. John had said he was not the Christ.
John 3:28 NIV
You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’
John 3:28 NVI
Ustedes me son testigos de que dije: “Yo no soy el Cristo, sino que he sido enviado delante de él.”
John had been sent by God to announce the coming of the Messiah. John was just as much a sinner as we are — he was a sinner who needed to be forgiven of his sins.
John was a sinful man. He too had the stain of sin upon his life.
No matter how holy John was, he was righteous enough to enter heaven.
God’s son would have to die and suffer a sinner’s death. He had to die and receive the punishment for our sins upon himself.
John was a sinner who was under God’s just condemnation.

III. God’s judgement

III. El juicio de Dios

Many times when we see we rightfully think of God’s love. It is proper that we think of a loving God.
But God is not all love. God certainly expresses love but that is not all.
speaks to us about those who “perish”.
speaks to us about the condemnation of the world.
speaks about God’s “wrath”.
These three verses speak to us about judgement, condemnation, God carrying out justice towards those who have sinned, against those who have broken his law.
May I ask you tonight, do you deserve to be judged by God?
Many people would respond and say: “Well, I know that I am not perfect but I am not as bad as many other people. I have not murdered, I have not committed terrible crimes.” While all this may be true, we are simply deceiving ourselves.
The Bible is God’s word. The Bible does not lie.
Romans 3:10–12 NIV
As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
Romans 3:
Romans 3:10–12 NVI
Así está escrito: «No hay un solo justo, ni siquiera uno; no hay nadie que entienda, nadie que busque a Dios. Todos se han descarriado, a una se han corrompido. No hay nadie que haga lo bueno; ¡no hay uno solo!»
All of humanity stands guilty before God. There is no one righteous. We all deserve eternal hell as a just punishment for our sins. We have sinned against a most Holy and Eternal God.
Romans 3:23 NVI
pues todos han pecado y están privados de la gloria de Dios,
Many will experience judgement during the time of great tribulation that will come upon the earth prior to second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ .
Revelation 6:16 NIV
They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
Revelation 6:16 NVI
Todos gritaban a las montañas y a las peñas: «¡Caigan sobre nosotros y escóndannos de la mirada del que está sentado en el trono y de la ira del Cordero,
Many, however, will experience God’s just condemnation immediately after they have breathed their last breath. One minute they are alive upon this earth and suddenly they are dead and find themselves engulfed by the flames of hell.
Hebrews 9:27 NIV
Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
Hebrews 9:27 NVI
Y así como está establecido que los seres humanos mueran una sola vez, y después venga el juicio,

IV. God’s salvation

IV. La salvación de Dios

But God has loved the world that he sent his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life!
Forgiveness is possible because of Jesus.
We can be forgiven and put into a right relationship with God.
God has promised that if believe in Jesus Christ he will cover our sins by the power of his blood.
Isaiah 43:25 NIV
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
Micah 7:19 NVI
Vuelve a compadecerte de nosotros. Pon tu pie sobre nuestras maldades y arroja al fondo del mar todos nuestros pecados.
Isaiah 43:25 NVI
»Yo soy el que por amor a mí mismo borra tus transgresiones y no se acuerda más de tus pecados.
Those who repent of their sins are those who have truly believed in Jesus. We are made a new creation. God creates in us a new heart. We no longer desire to live in our sin but rather serve God and forsake our old way of live.
You would think that all of humanity would be breaking down the church doors to ask God for the forgiveness of their sins. If this is all that’s required to be forgiven, you would think many would accept God’s offer of salvation.
But the Bible tells us the reason why many do not believe.
In fact, the Bible tells us why many of you who sit in the congregation today have not surrendered your lives to Jesus.
John 3:19–20 NIV
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.
John 3:19-
John 3:19–20 NVI
Ésta es la causa de la condenación: que la luz vino al mundo, pero la humanidad prefirió las tinieblas a la luz, porque sus hechos eran perversos. Pues todo el que hace lo malo aborrece la luz, y no se acerca a ella por temor a que sus obras queden al descubierto.
The reason why many do not believe in Jesus, the reason why many do not trust in Jesus is: sin!
We love our sin more than we love Jesus.
We do not want our sinful deeds to be exposed for what they really are.
The alcoholic says he simply has a bad habit.
The adulterer says he simply has a weakness.
The store thief excuses his sin by thinking he is really not doing that much harm.
The liar excuses her sin thinking that people would be hurt if they knew the truth.
The prideful executive excuses his pride by thinking that if he were humble he would not succeed.
We simply are not willing to acknowledge how awful our sin is in the eyes of God.
We call them weaknesses, deficiencies, character flaws…my friend, call it what it is: it is sin against a Holy God!
Let us not cover our sin thinking that God will not mind…he does mind and he will condemn us in our sins for all eternity.
Let us not harden our hearts. It is possible for the weight of sin to be lifted of our backs, even today.
Today, we can confess our sins.
Today, we can forever be forgiven.
Today, we can receive assurance that we will not be condemned.
Today, we can be given the guarantee that we will have eternal life.
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