The Good News of Jesus- So Simply Simple

Posted: 12 September, 2008 in Ponderings
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The Good News of Jesus- So Simply Simple, 3.16 The Numbers Of Hope Max-Lucado

There is this book written by Max Lucado called 3:16. While I have not read it, I did with Max’s other book, He Chose the Nails, and I must say he is good – simple and humourous with good insights; very good light reading material. Coming back, it is amazing that a book can be written with just one verse from the Bible. What’s so much there to write about? Then again, John 3:16 is no ordinary verse; it is said to be a condensation of the entire of God’s story in one verse, the gospel in a nutshell. Another amazing feat! Not writing a book here, but let’s discover the beautiful and simple truths in John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.   John 3:16 

Surprisingly, in Wikipedia there is quite a good presentation on John 3:16 , see here. Allow me to lift the original Greek and direct translation from there, this will enable us to see the weight of the original script. The verse in the original Greek is as follows (associated Strong’s Number in superscript):

Οὕτως3779 γὰρ1063 ἠγάπησεν253588 Θεὸς2316 τὸν3588 κόσμον2889, ὥστε5620 τὸν3588 Υἱὸν5207 τὸν3588 μονογενῆ3439 ἔδωκεν1325, ἵνα2443 πᾶς39563588 πιστεύων4100 εἰς1519 Αὐτὸν846[3] μὴ3361 ἀπόληται622 ἀλλ᾽235 ἔχῃ2192 ζωὴν2222 αἰώνιον166

Which could be translated literally to mean:

For in this way God loved the world: that he gave the unique son, so that all the ones trusting in him would not perish, but have eternal life.

After Jesus’ clearing the temple in Jerusalem, Nicodemus, a high-level Pharisees came to talk to Jesus in the cover of the night, addressing Jesus as “Rabbi” or teacher. Nicodemus is convinced by Jesus’ miraculous signs and believed that He is from Father God subsequently (evidenced by his involvement in Christ’s burial).

Most of Nicodemus’ peers would have probably be offended by Jesus in the temple earlier in the day. It is also not common for a member of the ruling council and teacher of the law to be so humble and willing to learn from someone else who was little known still. Jesus then explained to everyone from then onwards, the very foundation of The Good News; the very heart of Father God and the very cross Jesus will have to bear.

The Good News of Jesus- So Simply Simple, Age of Enlightenment

Jesus declared in reply to Nicodemus that unless one is born again, he will not see the kingdom of God. To further explain “born again”, Jesus spoken on and was recorded in John 3:16 summarising the 5 simple truths:

The Simple Reason: Because God the Father, so loved the world. Remember in the beginning, God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1:31  God love His entire creation, especially His children. As a loving Father would, he loved us all so much.

The Simple Ransom: With such incomprehensible love, Father God gave His other great love, His only Son, Jesus Christ as a ransom to redeem us from the Fall of Adam. A simple ransom; by His one sacrifice the curse of creation is reversed, once and for all.  Life began by Him. His Life was the Light for men. The Light shines in the darkness. The darkness has never been able to put out the Light. John 1:4-5 (New Life Version)

Nevertheless, it cost Jesus everything, including His life. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

The Simple Condition: That whosoever believes in Him (Jesus). There is no simpler condition than that! People tends to have the habit of complicating simple things. It is a fallen world concept that does not want to believe that something so good and precious can come so simply, easy and undeservingly. You see, human pride wants to somehow pay or work for it.

It is disheartening that even some christians themselves think that “christians” can still go to hell, if they are not careful. Some even think that the “weeping and gnashing of teeth” are pointing towards Christians. Allow me to set the record straight: “weeping and gnashing of teeth” are not meant for Christian who believe in Jesus simply because Jesus in John 3:16 says so!

The Simple Rescue: Shall not perish. For the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23  We are deemed for the pits of the fiery furnace for eternity by the fall of the first Adam. But God had other plans; The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 2 Peter 3:9   And with the last Adam-Jesus, we not only have the natural body but we also inherited a spiritual body, see hereJust as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man. 1 Corinthians 15:49  Because of Christ, we came out better than when we first started.

The Simple Conclusion: The beauty of it all, not to perish but have an eternal life; not only living forever but with a beautiful future!  “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”  Revelation 21:3-5

Notice that in John’s account, this is Jesus first major purposeful teaching session. This is very significant because it set the introduction to the ultimate climax of God’s plan: Jesus death and resurrection; the fulfillment of God’s grand promises; the total redemption of mankind and all other creation; the final reconciliation between man and God! Hallelujah!

Comments
  1. ransom33 says:

    Beautifully explained.

    Beautiful faith you have; it is pure and it is simple.

    Your blog is a wonderful encouragement to me every time I look at it.

    Thank you

    God bless you

    ransom33 at http://www.ransom33.wordpress.com

  2. Alex Wrobel says:

    Thank you for the nice post. Your blog is very inspiring.

    God Bless you.

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