The Gospel in a Nutshell

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The Protestant reformer Martin Luther called it “the gospel in miniature.”

Biblical Commentator William Barclay wrote that it is “the very essence of the Gospel.”

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy stated, “This is the promise that bears hope for the hopeless.”

Gospel preacher, Robert Jackson, entitled it “The greatest sentence ever written.” 

Musician Mac Powell said, “It is the Gospel in a nutshell.”

SBC Executive Frank S. Page portrayed it as “Mount Everest of Scripture passages from God’s Word.

Author Max Lucado described it as the “hope diamond of the Bible.”

The “it”?

John 3:16.

Sometimes it’s simply called “the golden text of the Bible.” Everyone has their favorite Bible passage. But as Barclay observed, “this text has been called ‘Everybody’s text.’”

Jesus said to Nicodemus, the inquiring Rabbi, who came to Jesus by night:

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.

John 3:16, “is a twenty-six word parade of hope: beginning with God, ending with Life, and urging us to do the same,” wrote Max Lucado. “Brief enough to write on a napkin or memorize in a moment, yet solid enough to weather two thousand years of storms and questions. If you know nothing of the Bible, start here. If you know everything in the Bible, return here.”

An unknown author penned this tribute to John 3:16

“God…………………………………………..….The greatest Lover

“so loved”………………………………………The greatest Degree

“the world”……………………………….….The greatest Company

“that He gave”………………………………………The greatest Act

“His only begotten Son”…………………………The greatest Gift

“that whosoever”………….………..……The greatest Invitation

“believeth”………….………………..…….The greatest Simplicity

“in Him”………………….…………………..…..The greatest Person

“should not perish”….……………….…….The greatest Promise

“but”………………………..………..………The greatest Difference

“have”….……………………………………..The greatest Certainty

“everlasting life”………………………..The greatest Possession

It all begins with God. He is the epitome of love. The author of salvation. And the Father of life and light.

People matter to God. The world is the object of God’s great plan for salvation. The human race without God is lost. Helpless. Hopeless. Hapless. We need him.

Because God loves, he gave. That’s his nature. His personality. His character. He is the giver of good gifts. Perfect gifts. Needed gifts. And the greatest of all gifts is His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.

Through Jesus we can know the Father. Receive redemption. Be cleansed from sins. Find peace. Enjoy blessings. And live an abundant life.

And who can receive this invitation? Whosoever will! Me! You! Anyone willing to deny self, take up His cross, and follow Him.

But John 3:16 is quite clear. This hope. This promise. This opportunity. Is found in one of person. Him. Jesus! Indeed there is salvation in none other name.

Perish. It’s the one word in John 3:16 that bothers us a bit. It suggests the possibility eternal damnation. Of losing the soul. Of spiritual death. And sadly some will perish. But, you don’t have to!

We can receive eternal life. Heaven’s hope is real. It is possible. It is promised. It can be achieved.

Jesus admonishes not to reject Him, but to receive His words. To believe Him. To love Him. To obey Him. And to accept his offer of eternal pardon.

But the terms of salvation’s offer are His. Not ours. Jesus would later say, “If you love Me, keep My commandments…If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (John 14:15; 15:10)

John 3:16 is a message of hope. Faith. And love. It all begins with God.  And ends with eternal life.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

 

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2 responses to “The Gospel in a Nutshell

  1. Dave

    You made it so simple. Well,I guess God made it simple. Great mini sermon.

  2. Pingback: GREAT VERSES OF THE BIBLE Jeremiah 29:11 | ThePreachersWord

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