1. The opportunity of salvation
The opportunity of Salvation (John 3:16)
Because God is love he sent his son for us.
This love is not from our sublime efforts but rather from the fact that God is love ()
This salvation for anyone who believes
This is evident in the use of “whosoever” and “world”
2. The mission of the Savior.
The mission of the Savior (John 3:17-18)
Jesus was sent to save not condemn
Jesus was sent to save the world. v.17
Jesus did not come to judge but those who do not believe in him will be judged () v.18
The reality of sin ()
There is no middle ground
There will be those that cling to sin
The Truth exposes our wretchedness
The Truth saves
Those who turn to Christ will be saved
Thesis- God sent Christ for the purpose of salvation from sin.
“God so loved the world that his only Son, that whosoever believes in him should not parish but have eternal life.” This is one of, if not the most, common verses in the Christian vernacular and one of the sweetest verses to hear as a Christian. To think that the one that possesses everything, loves the ones that betray him. The ones that sleep while Jesus prays until he bleeds in the Garden of Gethesme. The ones that deny him even though Christ gave everything for Them. The ones that know the Truth but fail to follow it in their daily lives. God loves his creation greatly and choose to show that love when he sent Jesus to die for our sins. As I preached in a few weeks ago, we know there is nothing we can do to earn salvation. It is through Christ alone. In God Sending Jesus Christ to die for our sins, we are given an opportunity for salvation, which is the first aspect of the great scriptures we will address tonight.
We have this opportunity for salvation through Christ alone. Through him is the only way one may be saved. In the account of the young rich ruler he posed the question “How can one earn eternal life?” and the answer is simply “Be perfect”. If any one here tonight has the slightest amount of truthfulness in them they realize they are not perfect. Because we are not perfect, because we are fallen, sinful beings we are condemned to Hell. The only hope we have is if God sends a messiah, which he has. God has shown the most brilliant and meaningful act of love in the history of the universe and he did this not because we deserve it, but because he is love. We see this written in another book of John’s, “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”as it states directly that “God is love”. Although he is righteous, just, and holy, God he still is love. With this characteristic, he showed the greatest act of love be sending his son to die for the unrighteous and unworthy.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton, IL: as it states directly that “God is love”. Although he is righteous, just, and holy God he still is love. With this characteristic, he showed the greatest act of love be sending his son to die for the unrighteous and unworthy.
Although we don’t deserve God still gives us the opportunity of salvation though Christ and this opportunity is for all those who believe. We realize that not everyone will be or has been saved but that opportunity
Although we don’t deserve it, God still gives us the opportunity of salvation through Christ and this opportunity is for all those who believe. We realize that not everyone will be or has been saved but that opportunity is available to all who do believe. This includes the various races and economic classes. God has sent Jesus to die for us all. White, Asian, Black, poor, or rich, we have an opportunity of salvation though Jesus Christ who died for our sins. This is the reason we must not discriminate and we must reach out to all people. By God sending his Son to die and raise again, he allowed humanity an opportunity of salvation.
God gives us this opportunity of salvation through the mission that he has in Christ. One may ask what kind of mission this is and it is the greatest mission of all time. We see this in . Jesus was sent to save the world. The terminology sounds like I am talking about a superhero movie, but this is far greater than what any Hollywood director or writer could imagine. If a Hollywood superhero fails at his mission the people die and the story is over and even if he saves them it is only temporary because they’ll probably want to make a sequel in which the people’s lives will be in danger once more. Even if they were saved for good death would find them eventually and they would find that there life was a small amount of time compared to eternity. The salvation that is in Jesus is eternal, forever and will not be undone. Jesus’ mission is to save the world and give humanity an opportunity for salvation and a relationship with God.
Jesus’ mission is for everyone. Anyone who believes in him will be saved but, those who do not are condemned. Jesus did not come to judge but to save but those who refuse to believe in Him and accept the truth are condemned to Hell. Jesus is the salvation from sin. He is the only way one can have a relationship with God. Outside of Him there is only condemnation.
may ask what kind of mission this is and it is the greatest mission of all time. We see this in . Jesus was sent to save the world. The terminology sounds like I am talking about a superhero movie, but this is far greater than what any Hollywood director or writer could imagine. If a Hollywood superhero fails at his mission the people die and the story is over and even if he saves them it is only temporary because they’ll probably want to make a sequel
This condemnation is present, and it is certain for those who refuse to accept his word. This is the case because the reality of sin. God sent his only Son for this. Because of this sin Jesus’ salvific mission was to defeat sin by living a perfect, holy, and righteous life and rising from the dead. This is because the reality of sin. This is evident in verses 19-21. Jesus (light) came into the world. (This is a part of his mission to give us the opportunity of salvation.) Instead of believing in him, there will be some that reject him. They will cling to sin and the things of this world. They are choosing to have temporary pleasures over eternal ones. This is the case because of the reality of sin. There will be some who will decide that they would rather live there life how they want to. Some will say that there is not enough evidence to convince them that there is a God. Some will reject the truth because is does not agree with their world view. Some will hear the word and know it is true but, decide not to follow it much like the rich young ruler in . The reality is that there is no middle ground. One either comes into the light in which they see the goodness, holiness, righteousness, of God and come to the realization that they have no hope without him or they hide from it and don’t come to terms with there sinfulness. There is the analogy that God, and the truth is like light and like light the truth of Christ makes blurry things clear. There are many hunters here. Think about those early mornings and the sun is just beginning to rise. There is a blueish darkness around. You can see but no very well. You look out and you see this massive buck. Your heart begins to race and you grab your gun or bow but before you put your sights on it you realize it’s not moving. The sun continues to rise and the light shines on the “buck” you saw and it unveils the reality and it is merely a bush. Another example is when one enters a dark abandoned nasty home. You turn on the lights on what you believe is an empty place and you see a swarm of roaches scatter. The light is like this. It exposes the truth. It shows the nastiness and filthiness of sin. When one comes into the light, the truth, the presence of God one comes to realization that they are not enough and they must have Him to be saved. In this, as verse 21 illustrates, when coming to the light you will see that Jesus Christ is true and the way to salvation.
In verse 21, after presenting the realty of sin and showing that either you choose Christ or the world, the scripture shows that one may come to the Lord. When one comes to the light they see that Jesus Christ is truth and is the only way to salvation
Now, if you haven't accepted Christ into your heart and you feel Him working on you, I encourage to accept him into your heart today. I realize some of you may be wondering how this message applies to those how have been save 30 plus years. It applies two ways. The first one is going to God in prayer and asking him to show you the areas in your life that you need to work on. Ask him to shine the light on the dark sinful places of you so you may ask for forgiveness and grow in your relationship towards him. Another way this applies to you is that is one of the more beautiful passages in scripture and should move you without the pastor saying a say. This message is should bring joy and pleasure to your heart in that although you do not deserve it, you may have a relationship with God. Maybe this doesn’t bring joy to your heart. Maybe you’re like me and have friends that if they die today they would go to hell. You realize this scripture is true and beautiful but you realize the ramifications of that would be your loved one going to Hell. I ask you to pray for that person tonight.