Someone said John 3:16 is the whole Bible in one verse! No doubt it still is the most quoted verse in the Bible, and it does contain the essential elements of God’s plan for our redemption. When it is read in the context of our Lord’s conversation with Nicodemus, we can get a good picture of Incarnation: God sending His Son, not to condemn the world for not believing in Him, but to save the world so they would believe in Him.
Love is the central theme of God’s actions regarding our salvation. Contrary to the gospel presentations today, God’s gift of eternal life was not just the promise of a future with Him in heaven, but rather it was that we might have a full and fruitful life with Him on this earth.
When we stop to consider the incredible gift of God’s Son to be our Savior, certainly it must mean more to us than our “get out of hell” card when we die. Our eternal life with God begins the moment we are truly born again, and as we observe how He makes our lives so much more meaningful and purposeful than they were before, we can’t wait to see what He has in store for us in the future! That’s the joy of advent!