John 3:16 (Christian Worldview Part 5)

To conclude this series of posts on how a Christian worldview can be understood by defining how Christians understand sin as a disease, blood sacrifice as the cure, and faith as the remedy, I thought it would be beneficial to look at a verse that has been said to represent all of Christianity in a nutshell. This verse is often displayed by Christians at ball games and as graffiti on road signs in hopes that someone will look it up and find the cure (Houdmann, “What does John 3:16 mean?”). That verse is John 3:16.john 3-16

The modern day parable of perfect blood that began this series is a reflection of that verse. It encouraged us to imagine a disease so deadly that it was wiping out the entire human race. No cure was found by the best and brightest doctors in the world. The only hope found was in a rare blood type that held the key to an antidote. After several weeks and many deaths, a young boy was discovered as the only one in the world to have the required blood type. Sadly, his father was told that, to save the world, it would take ALL of his child’s blood. After the father chooses to let his son die, he expected those who accepted the cure to live their lives worthy of the death of his son. (Kelly, “Clean Blood”)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The Father gave His Son with perfect blood to be the cure for the disease of sin to all who will receive the remedy through faith. This is the essence of Christianity.

The next time you see the familiar sign reading “John 3:16” see the face of a holy Father who gave His Son so you could live a new life. He gives those who will receive His cure a life that never ends. It is an abundant life. Don’t waste it.

Works Cited

 

Houdmann, Michael. “What does John 3:16 mean?” GotQuestions.org. Web. 20 Apr. 2015. < http://www.gotquestions.org/John-3-16.html&gt;

Kelly, Matthew. “Clean Blood: The Pain of Losing Your Son.” Inspire21.com. Web. 20 Apr. 2015. < http://www.inspire21.com/stories/christianstories/cleanblood&gt;

 

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