|Series Theme: God's Love for You|
Title: 1. He's FOR You!
series that considers some of the basic things that the Bible
The information given here is based upon what the Bible says. It is primarily for Christians but other seekers should find what is here helpful as well.
A Key Verse Taken for Granted
the problem for many Christians is that they've heard that verse so
often they now take it for granted. For many it's lost its impact.
we want you to note the first half of the verse: "God so loved the world".
Jesus coming was the expression of God's love.
God not only thinks, feels and talks about love, He does something about it, He can't stop Himself.
In fact the Bible tells us that He planned it all even before He made the world (see John 17:24, Eph 1:4, 2 Tim 1:9, Tit 1:2, 1 Pet 1:20, Rev 13:18, Rev 17:8).
Fact: God Always Loves
His being, God is completely unchanging and when the Bible says "God
is love" it means He is always love, He never varies, and therefore
His love is never conditional, it CANNOT be conditional because it is
an essential part of His very being. Without it He would
cease to be God.
Well, what we've observed over the years is that if you speak to any group of good Christian people and ask them, "Does God love you?" they will all, almost without exception, answer, "Yes, of course".
However, watch a crisis arrive and watch their reactions, watch the way they act in the crisis. So often it actually says "God has abandoned me, He's not here for me."
in a Crisis?
When the crisis arrives, we expect God to move in one way and when He doesn't we say, "Oh well, He can't love me!"
in our limited viewpoint we can't see what God is doing, we assume He
is doing nothing, or what He is doing is the wrong thing because it
doesn't seem to be helping me at this moment.
The outworking or expression of God's love for us was that "He gave His one and only Son". Think on that a bit further.
To send His Son to earth the Father knew that Jesus would have to take on limited human form, limited in being a baby, limited in spending years growing up, limited in physical strength, limited in space.
That was much to ask this all-glorious being who shared heaven with Him.
The Father also knew, because they had discussed it before actually making the world, that the Son would be misunderstood, be rejected, be violently opposed, be taken and abused, be taken and crucified, by the very human beings They had brought into being.
The Father knew that for a moment, the Sin of the world, that would be put on the Son on the Cross, would separate the awareness of each other in the two of them, so that the Son would cry out in his distress, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?".
a sense the father had to completely let go the Son, that is why John
said, "he gave…"
Need of His Love
He knew that we would become enslaved by that self-centred, godless tendency called Sin, that we would become guilty, that we would deserve punishment, that we would need a Saviour who would need to step into our shoes and take our punishment.
Love makes choices and God chose this path so that you and I could live and not die, so that your time of existence need not be just the years on earth, very limited years, but be extended to eternity.
The love of God is there for every human being without exception. It is constantly reaching out, it is unchanging, unconditional, yearning to see men, women and children turn and receive it.
God is for us?
In Romans 8:31 Paul asks, "If God is for us who can be against us?"
that is a rhetorical question because in Paul's argument he's actually
saying, "Because God is for us there's no one else who can be against
us" (no one, that is, who can justifiably stop us getting God's blessing!).
personalise it: "God is for me".
Again in verse 32, Paul goes on and says what we read from John - if God gave Jesus to save us, won't He go the whole way and give us all the other good things He wants to give His children?
In other words, because God the Father went and gave the one who was closest to Him, the one who was most precious to Him, and that to save you from Sin and from death and from Hades, surely He's not going to hold back now? No, He's for you!
If you want THE most nerve racking experience, go along to a concert where young children are playing. If one of your children are playing the piano say, when it's their turn to play their piece, you are sitting on the edge of your chair rooting for them.
remember the hours of practice at home, the tears and the anguish, and
now you are with them, note by note, as they make their way somewhat
self-consciously, somewhat hesitantly, through the piece.
And then you sit back and glance around as the next child takes the stand, and you watch and see if you can spot their parent, sitting there with eyes fixed, knuckles white, exuding tension.
Oh yes, you know what it means to "be for" your child.
You suddenly start taking note of the weather. You weigh up the competition, you look at your son (or maybe for you it's your daughter) and you gauge how they seem to be.
You watch them pace up and down, doing some stretches. You see the enforced camaraderie as they chat to one another. Then it starts!
In the first few jumps the beginners get weeded out. Then it's 'the real jumpers' and the tension mounts. Some of them have professional coaches watching in the background; this is serious stuff. They're down to the last two.
You've stopped shouting now, for it seems like it may be a distraction. They both make their first jump and both knock the bar down. The tension mounts. The other young man jumps. He knocks the bar down. We quietly rejoice. What are we doing!
Our son goes to make his run up. We're praying! What is going on here, it's not that important!
He knocks the bar down. They both have one more jump. The first lad touches the bar, it quivers but stays there. He's over! Oh no, the tension is now doubly bad. We sign to our son, "Focus you mind, you can do it".
We are one with him. We can feel what he's feeling. This has got to be it. He runs, he jumps, our hearts stop, and he's over!!!!
both still in and we've got to go through all that yet again as the
bar is raised once more.