Thursday, January 3, 2013

John 3:16 - The Greatest Prize

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

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It's true. God gave His only begotten Son for us, as an atonement for our sins. Jesus paid the price, once for all.

It's true. We are indeed forgiven. A broken relationship with God has been restored and we are offered eternal life through the Son.

It's true. He did it because He so loves us and desires for us to come to Him to be forgiven and to be brought into fellowship and union with Him.

But as good as this Good News is there is one catch. One can't be passive about what Christ has done. One must receive His gift by faith. We can refuse His gracious offer.

What if you won the lottery and a prize of a hundred million dollars? That would make you quite wealthy indeed, but only if you claimed the prize as your own. If you did nothing about it you'd never be a millionaire. A weak analogy perhaps, but the point remains. We must accept God's offer of forgiveness personally. And to do so we must see the need to be forgiven in the first place. We have opportunity to that only in this lifetime – to receive God's most precious gift to us in His Son. If you haven't accepted Him as your own "prize," His gift of salvation to you, then today is the day of salvation. Won't you receive Him now?

Much love,


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