Today, this Bible verse has been popping up multiple times; and although I’ve heard it countless times and memorized it and quoted it indefinitely, it’s still sometimes nice to look it over again to sink it in and experience God’s love. Below are several versions of the same passage: John 3:16. This verse is not just God’s declaration of adoration for us as a people, but it’s also a constitution of hope that we have been redeemed. We are free from sin for eternity because of this single act of God–His Son being sacrificed for our sin. If we believe in Jesus, and that He died and rose again with the purpose to cleanse our sins and prepare a future home for us in Heaven when we die, this verse is our life support–our eternal life support.
Especially during this time of year, it’s vital that we recognize the true “reason for the season,” and that’s our Savior being born into this earth.
“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.” (NIV)
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” (The Message)
“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (Amplified)
“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.” (KJV)
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (NLT)