Good Sunday to you! Hope you are doing great. I can hardly believe many of my teacher friends and those with school-age kids are getting ready to return back to school already. Seems so early, as I still think school shouldn’t start until after Labor Day growing up in the Northeast. Not the case here in Georgia, so better get used to it! Actually heading to New Church later today for the contemporary service, so no message (I know, I’m a church slacker lately) to base this post off of, but wanted to focus on THE most quoted and popular verse from the Bible, I’m guessing you may have heard it!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 (KJV)
This verse has been stuck in my head all week as it was one of the verses which was taught to the kids at VBS this week (more on this later). This is the preschool class that LL was in at SonWest Roundup VBS this past week at The New Church of Peachtree City. Maybe the pigtails and cowboy hat didn’t go great together (she’s the one in the pink cowboy boots), as she spent most of the song adjusting, but this is just too precious not to share. (And bonus – she knows John 3:16 now!)
This verse/song, so often quoted, repeated, seen (Tim Tebow any sports fans?), because it is so powerful and the basis for everything we believe. The “Gospel in a nutshell” as quoted on Wikipedia. Just rest in that thought that our Father loved US so much that He gave HIS very own son, so that WE will have everlasting life (KJV), eternal life (NIV), eternal life & never die (CEV), whole and lasting life (The Message), life that lasts forever (NLV). I’m enjoying reading all the different translations, but they all make the same point, because of Jesus, we get to live forever in God’s kingdom. And to put it lightly, that’s pretty cool!
I know there have been many “popular” songs based of of this verse too, as I can’t leave you without a song. I spent way too long on YouTube reviewing many of those, from kids versions, to amateur musicians, to popular artists. But I thought this version by Aaron Shust was just simple and beautiful, so I will leave you with it today. Praise to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, who gave so much for US, may we praise that and glorify Him always. Amen. Have a beautiful week!