Today’s Scripture: 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

How much does God love us? A quick run-through of the Bible shows how bad we truly are.

  • Genesis 6:5 – “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
  • Judges 17:6 – “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
  • Psalm 14:2-3 – “The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
  • Jeremiah 17:9 – “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
  • Galatians 5:19-21 – “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

This describes the situation we are in when we are born into this world with our sin nature. Yet despite all of this, God loved us enough to send His Son to die in our place.

John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” and yet, Romans 5:8-10 shows how God went further than man ever could. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners and enemies of God. His death provided the payment for our sins so we could go to Heaven. God loved you so much that while you were a sinner, He was willing to give up His Son for you. As Jesus Himself said, “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you have never trusted Him before, accept His gift of eternal life today!

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder