The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Today’s Scripture & Insight: John 3:16

There is no greater need in life than to be loved by someone. The Lord has built the need to be loved and the ability to love others into our very existence. The love of the Lord for us is a repeated theme throughout the Bible. Some people grew up being loved. Others may be struggling because they may not feel loved by another person. How do I work through that problem in life? 

When I begin to understand the depth of the Lord’s love for me it changes how I see myself and the Lord. In our story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch, we see the depth of the Lord’s love for us in the following passage. 30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him. 32 The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter. And as a lamb is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. 33 He was humiliated and received no justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” 35 So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus. [1] Acts 8:30-35.

The Ethiopian was reading a prophecy from Isaiah about Jesus. It described what Jesus would have to go through when He died on the cross for our sins. 

Jesus says in John 3:16,“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.[2]

Paul also writes in Romans 5:8, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”[3]

As we examine those passages, we begin to realize our Savior has a deep love for us. It is so deep that He died for our sins and took the punishment we deserved. He did all of this because of His love for us and His desire for us to place our faith in Him as Savior. 

As a believer in Jesus, you are a son or daughter of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. His love for you is unparalleled and unwavering. 

Listen here to hear the story of Philip and the Ethiopian:

[1, 2, 3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ac 8:30–35, John 3:16, Romans 5:8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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