This week falls between our last series and our end-of-year Holiday plans, so this is the perfect night for us to do a one-off message that isn't part of a more extensive series. So I am going to take this night and share with you a message called "One Message to Preach" I was thinking about if I only had one chance to talk with you, one opportunity to share a message with you, now, of course, we don't, Lauren and I are blessed and honored to be able to serve here full-time, and we get to disciple you guys on an ongoing basis. Still, let's just pretend that we've never met and you don't know me or anything about me other than I'm just the guy speaking to you tonight.
With that being said, I want to tell you that
God loves you
"For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. 18 "There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God's one and only Son.
This verse is one of the most quoted, most memorized verses in the Bible, and many of you have heard it before. Truth be told, we could sit here all night and unpack the significance of this passage; we could do a series and be here for multiple weeks (but that's not the point of tonight, remember, I only got one shot!)
I would hate for us to become desensitized to the power of what this is saying. God loved the world (you and I) so much that He gave His only Son.
Let's hit the pause button for just a quick second. I'm just going to tell you as a father, there is no more tremendous sacrifice than a child. I love my kids more than anything on this Earth. To me, this is the only way to attempt to understand the love that God has for us, His creation. God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to rescue us. Knowing that the cost would be the innocent blood of His Son Jesus, He willingly paid that price.
Keep reading… God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
There's a lot to consider here. Now, this is not saying that God is okay with Sin. That we're now welcome to sin because Jesus paid the price for Sin. This is God making a bridge from Him to us.
This is God showing that He is not an angry God who hates the men and women of Earth. This is the evidence of a loving God reaching out to save those who are lost.
I fear that the following line is often misinterpreted to justify an ungodly lifestyle, "There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him." You might say, "I believe in Him," then go back to a sinful lifestyle, but that is contrary to the way Jesus taught us to li