~John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shoul not perish, but have everlasting life.
This verse is probably the most popular Bible verse of mankind. The entire Gospel message of Jesus Christ is wrapped up in this one verse.
God’s love is so great that He gave up His Son for us. For those of you who have children, you can appreciate the love of a parent. You can also appreciate the extent of that love – even more so for you parents who have lost a son or daughter in the line of duty for their country. You gave up your child on behalf of your country. How clear is God the Father’s love to you now?
If war haters were to smear your son’s name or criticize the war, you would take it personally. You would be upset that these objectors could not look passed the war to see the fact that your son gave up his life for them.
Our Father in Heaven has given us an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ’s death on the cross as punishment for our sins. If we do not accept His payment for our penalty, we reject God. It is the same with your son. If the anti-war demonstrators curse your son and his efforts, they do not accept the wonderful freedom he fought so hard to keep for his country.
Our Father knew that we could not work our way to heaven by keeping the commandments. The Jews had not been able to keep the commandments and the Law because man is a sinner from birth. If we were able work our way to heaven on our own, why would God have to send His Son Jesus to die on the cross? What would have been the need? If there were no wars to be fought, why would your son have had to give his life for his country? Do you not see the wonderful comparison here?
The most relevant point in all this is that Jesus died for our sins while we were yet sinners. He knew that we could not “clean up our act” before accepting Him as Saviour.
~Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Please help me to believe by faith
The work of the Cross that day.
Your Only Son gave up His life
For our sin debt He died to pay!
© Kate Plourde 2009