For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16 (ESV)
John 3:16 might be the most-popular, the best-known, the most-memorized verse in the Bible.
The change that has taken place in your life is the gift of salvation: the word for when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It’s the best decision any person can make. You may hear some say you have been “saved.” Saved from what? That is an important question, because saved implies there was a dangerous condition or threat from which you needed to be saved.
Frankly, you have been saved from God’s judgment of sin and from hell—a place distinguished by its separation from God’s blessings. God created the first man and woman—Adam and Eve—without sin, but a foolish decision on their part brought sin into this world. The entry of sin required a path that would “save” mankind from its sin, and that coming judgment.
The verses you read over the next 28 days will help explain what that means and how salvation is not only about what you are saved from, but what you are saved for: a relationship with a holy God.
But for now you should know one vital truth from John 3:16: God loves you! He loves you so much that He created a path for all mankind to be saved from its sin. And God loved you so much that the path He created was through the death of His only Son. His Son, Jesus Christ, lived a sinless life on Earth yet took on the sin of all mankind—yes, we know that is a big concept for Day 1—so that we could have the opportunity to spend eternity with God.
That is how much God loved us. That is how much He loves you!
And that love is the reason we have the gift of salvation. By believing and trusting in Jesus, you have received that gift. You are saved!
TODAY’S PRAYER: God, thank you for the gift of salvation. Thank you for giving your only Son so that I could have a way to be saved from my sin. As I begin this new journey in my life, help me to always remember what you gave so that I could be saved. Thank you for loving me that much.
TODAY’S BIBLE READING: John chapter 1, verses 1-28