God’s divine mission for His Son is wrapped up in the highest expression of His love for a rebellious, evil, sinning mass of humanity on planet earth. “For God so loved the world….” (John 3:16a) Jesus explains in verse 15 that whoever would believe in Him would not perish but have eternal life.
We realize that many profess faith in God. For example, they might say, “Oh I believe in God and all…..” Yet far too often, men make little effort to search and seek for Him with all of their heart. Sadly, if one merely gives a one time oracle assent to God’s Divine nature but never actuates any degree of faith in coming to the realization of what God has truly done for him, his life will merely reflect emptiness, hopelessness and despair.
God has so wonderfully chosen to make Himself known to us through the Son…..the Word made flesh….who John the Apostle had written, “and we beheld His glory; glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) Christ, eternal God….took on the form of human flesh, (God Incarnate). John goes on to write that they had beheld His glory (though veiled as such in a tent or tabernacle of human flesh), as so often Christ had made known the very essence of Deity in the miracles He had done, the words of hope and salvation that He spoke, and glory they beheld in Christ’s magnificent resurrection.
In John 6:40 Jesus said, “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” In this verse of Scripture we read the element of human responsibility to one’s salvation. Eternal life is given to all who will choose to believe in the Son. Knowing that God is truly sovereign, He still works through faith that man must believe in the provision that God alone has provided for salvation: Jesus the Christ, the Savior of the world. Who can work this out? Can man? The marvelous
love of God weaves the intricate fabric of ever abiding love and the full measure of salvation through His Divine intervention. And those of us who have received such grace, heavenly apportioned by God’s divine will, can only kneel in humble reverence before such display and demonstration of sacred love.