Agape: March 19, 2020

Agape: The 2020 Lenten Devotional for St. Paul's Episcopal Church

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
-John 3:16-17

The Gospel of John, verses 16-17 are well-known in the New Testament.

For Christian believers, this scripture brings joy and peace for we know there is something better to look forward to when we cease to exist on this earth.

For the nonbeliever, you live this life, and when you die, that is all there is.

Other religions believe you have to strive to be perfect in order to be acceptable to God.

In the Old Testament, the Jews sacrificed animals to have their sins covered (not forgiven) by the blood of animals.

Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself on the cross that when we sin, God the Father only sees the blood sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ which makes us acceptable to Him.

Our sins are forgiven, not covered.

John 3:16-17 does not teach “universalism”: that all people will be saved.

Thank you, Father, for sending your son to die on the Cross so that we might live eternally with you. Amen.
-Bob Johnson