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.
The facts from this Bible verse are well known:
1. God loves everybody in the whole wide world! 2 Peter 3:9 confirms:
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. God has a Son, Jesus, a man, who lived on earth with all the power of God himself.
Colossians 1:15 declares that Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
3. Everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life... Jesus didn't come to make our lives better and perfect; he came to forgive our sins so we could be around God again. Humans had the opportunity of a perfect life in the Garden of Eden, and we blew it. A perfect and trouble free world is not an option right now. That ship has sailed. But God's determination to rescue us from our own destruction demonstrates his overwhelming compassion and kindness. Humans may have let decay and death into the world by sinning, but God made a way to make me perfect again; it's simply by believing in Jesus (see Romans 3:22-24), so that when I do die, I will then experience the perfect relationship with him that he intended for us all along. And the neat thing about God being everywhere means that I actually get to enjoy this perfect relationship before I'm six feet under.
Colossians 1:19-23 states John 3:16 this way:
For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled
everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.
Thank you for John 3:16, and all the other scriptures that restated these truths about your love, forgiveness, and plan to make a way for us to be together. The fact that Jesus brings me into your presence and you see me as holy and blameless without a single fault really amazes me and puts a lump in my throat about how much you love me and how incredibly good you are. No other leader treats subjects like this. You are the most amazing Leader I have ever heard of and I love you and thank you and praise you and pray in Jesus name according to your good will. Amen.