We see it in many places and at sundry times. It’s often in view during televised sporting events. It was once pretty much always seen during football games, when one team was trying a field goal or an extra point. Folks seemed to be able to get that JOHN 3:16 sign in the seats right there between the uprights.
When we find the verse in our Bible, or on google, here’s what we read:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The Gospel in one sentence.
If you’re a non-Christian, it’s the hopeful invitation to rejoin the God who made you. God is personal. He wants an everlasting personal relationship… with you.
As there is a John 3:16, there’s also a John 3:18, bridged by 3:17. Together, they read:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
The next time you’re watching a football game, and you see that sign – John 3:16 – ask yourself if you’re living in the everlasting peace of 3:16, or are you in the eternal condemnation of 3:18?
God’s word is forever. But, your invitation in John 3:16 lasts only for as long as you live.