Is the above true of you?
Would you rather spend one day in God’s house or thousands in the very best place this fallen world has to offer?
Or, put another way:
Drum roll, please. Here’s the absolute #1 most popular Bible verse in the history of the universe.
You learned it in Sunday School. You’ve seen it on banners at sporting events. Maybe you’ve even got it tattooed on your biceps.
What was God’s first question? It came right after Satan’s first question (discussed here yesterday) and man’s first sin. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, realized they were naked and then tried to hide from God.
What did God do in response? He asked a simple question:
Where are you?
We continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.
Just to recap, we kicked off the year with a deeeeep dive into each and every single syllable uttered by Jesus throughout the Gospels. We started at the beginning and worked our way chronologically to his very last words from the Cross.
We finished up yesterday with an even deeeeeeeeeper dive into two basic questions:
Today, we’re starting a new series: JESUS ON …
We’ll be taking a look at what Jesus said about a variety of absolutely critical, life-altering subjects in his own words with a minimum of commentary from me.
We’ll begin today with JESUS ON GOD.
Here is a greatest hits collection of verses straight from the mouth of Jesus reflecting what God the Father is like. Meditate on ’em. Marinate in ’em. Memorize ’em.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16)
Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:9-11)
Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:35-36)
Look at the birds of the air; they don’t sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26)
Do not be afraid. little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)
Here’s this week’s question . . .
What’s your favorite Bible verse and why?
As you can see here, I have a hard time answering this question — I have at least 100 “favorites.” But if I had to choose just one, it would probably be . . .
God is love.
(1 John 4:16)
Even though I’ve read that verse hundreds of times, for some reason my lame brain needs to be constantly reminded that no matter how bad things may seem, one thing is absolutely certain: GOD LOVES US.
That simple truth answers a lot of other questions . . .
Why did God create a world that gives Him so much grief? Because God is love and love is expressed in relationships (even messy ones).
Why did God give us free will? Love can’t be forced — a true love relationship involves the ability to choose love and to reject it.
Why does God save us? God doesn’t let us wallow in our sin without hope. Because He loves us, He gives us a loving way out: Jesus.
Why does God offer believers eternal life? Because He loves us and wants us to be with Him forever.
Can anything ever separate us from God’s love? You be the judge:
Neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Got some favorite verses you’d like to share? Send ’em to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!)
I am seeking.
I am hesitant and uncertain.
But will you, O God,
watch over every step of mine
and guide me?