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I would venture to say, that most people know the words to John 3:16. They may or not believe it, but they know what it says. But that is only the beginning of some of the most important messages in God’s Word. “16 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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truthcomes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John 3: 16 – 21 (NKJV) Lets look at some of the most important points.CHRIST DID NOT COME TO CONDEMN BUT TO SAVE. Too many people see Christ and God as sitting up on some throne, waiting for us to make a mistake. If that were the case,Christ woukld never have needed to come into the world, because we all have sinned – we have all made mistakes. But God loves us anyway. He sent His son to die in our place, so we could have eternal life with Him in heaven. GOD DOES NOT SEND ANYONE TO HELL – MAN DECIDES THAT FOR HIMSELF! God has always given man free will to say and do what he pleases. It has been that way since creation. God gives us His Word to tell us what He has planned for us, to tell us of His love and grace and mercy. His word tells us what exactly we can expect from Him. That never changes,and neither does He. It is then up to man to decided what he wants to do and believe. Man condemns himself with his choice. CHRIST IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD! God gave us His Son as a light unto all the world. Christ is the light God sent to show us the path back to God and His love. Man has always been a tough- necked, stubborn creature, and since the time of Adam, has constantly decided to follow his own way instead of God’s. That way has always led to destruction and basic failure. Man runs from the light, when he knows he has done what he shpuld not do. He runs from light and stays in the shadows so he won’t be seen.But God sees everything. Christ shows us the path back to God. He lights the world with God’s Word. That Word tells us of God’s plans for us, His love and mercy for man. Christ not only tells us of God’s truth, but He is living proof of God’s love for us and all His creation. Why else would God send His only Son to die in our place. Why would He sacrifice Christ, if He only wanted to condemn us for our mistakes? We were already condemned!
THE CHILDREN OF GOD ARE CHILDREN OF LIGHT AND TRUTH. We have all believed not only in Christ, we live the life He and God have planned for us.We live a life where all we meet and see, see Christ ;iving in and through us. We live this life because we have faith that Christ died in our place, and arose again to conquer death and make an eternal life with our heavenly Father possible. We know that Christ is the living truth of God’s promises to us. CHRIST IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIGHT!

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JOHN 3:16 IS A GREAT PLACE TO START!

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