For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. | John 3:16 (NLT)
This verse is probably the most widely quoted and well-known Bible verse but the impact of it probably not fully appreciated.
When you read and understand this verse it's mind blowing, it's staggering, it's an outrageous plan, an amazing demonstration of heart-wrenching love with a perfect ending.
What impacts me the most with this verse is the intensity and power of God's love; nothing else comes anywhere near. The love we have for each other feels intense at times but is so inferior and fickle.
Hearts of stone should crack and break at the realisation of Gods love for us.
What is asked of us? simply to love God back wholeheartedly even in our weakness and selfishness.
And then we have the most wonderful promise at the end of the verse, eternal life and all that means to us and for us, amazing!
What a verse!!