John 3:16-17 (NIV)
16 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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
“Whatever natural power we have to do anything is from God, but God, considering the lapsed condition of mankind, sent His Son to recover us out of that condition, but we, being without strength, our Saviour hath in His Gospel offered an extraordinary assistance of His Holy Spirit, to supply the defects of our natural strength. And this supernatural grace of Christ is that alone which can enable us to perform what He requires of us.“ [Archbishop John Tillotson, The Necessity of Supernatural Grace in Order to a Christian Life]
John 3:16-17 expresses the love of God and the character of our God through the action verbs love, give, send, save. In the background and implied in the passage, we know the looming issue of Sin, but that is not what is front and center – it is our God, who is acting on our behalf. Truly, as Tillotson wrote in the late 17th century, this grace of God is supernatural, is God stepping in, intervening and acting in the most costly way to provide for a humanity that he so loves. Praise God!
Prayer: Thank you Lord for this good news of who you are and what you have done for us, but also our participation now in you and in this new life that you have for us. Help us to receive and experience this supernatural grace again and again! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to the song “God So Loved” by We The Kingdom (click here).