article3HOW DOES GOD LOVE THE WORLD? By: Evangelist Paul Acquah LET ME COUNT SOME OF THE WAYS… The God-Man Christ Jesus, during His pilgrimage on this earth said: “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). He suffered at the hands of the Romans and died a shameful death while going about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. His disciples were devastated at losing Him. They were in shock and really upset at what happened. But on the third day He was miraculously raised from the dead and eventually ascended into heaven. They remembered the incident for the immeasurable love shown to mankind. The Bible says that whoever you may be, if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom 10:9). It’s required that you confess with your mouth. Have you done so? If not, make sure you do it because that’s God’s way of receiving salvation. You must also believe in your heart that Christ rose from the dead. Do you believe? Do you trust that He is your salvation? Now is the time to confess and believe in your heart and be saved. Saved from what? Saved from the guilt of sin. God’s immense love has enabled believers in His son to be righteous. SOME OF HIS ACTS OF LOVE WERE: God the father Himself came down to the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve had sinned and promised to punish Satan, the tempter, and redeem mankind through the sacrificial blood of Jesus. Thus, God reached down to helpless sinners that knew they were unable to merit His favour by any deeds of their own. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” (Gen 3:15) Many years later, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, was born by the virgin Mary in a City called Bethlehem. He came as a lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. He came as our substitute to die for our sins, and His death and resurrection reformed the old sacrificial system to pave the way for new lives. The power of sin has been destroyed by His death and resurrection and He puts His righteousness into all who receive Him as their Lord and personal saviour. The Holy God receiving sinners and opposing none. While we were still sinners, going about doing things our own way, Christ came to this earth focusing entirely on a different activity. He came to this world to seek and to save sinners. He went about searching and hunting for the lost. The fact that He received sinners surprised many people including the religious leaders, but not Christ Himself. They were so surprised that when they saw Him sitting and eating with sinners they criticised Him. They bombarded His disciples with questions when they saw that all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:2). On another occasion they complained that He had been the guest of a sinner. They all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” (Luke 19:7). Christ was gracious to answer them. His actions threw out a statement to the world. “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). You have rebelled against him, and yet he has noted you as His act of love, and determined to save you, and His love has followed you wherever you have gone. He continued with His work until He finished on the cross, saying: “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:30). Does He still save those who put their trust in Him? Does He have the power to save? This is the answer: Death couldn’t hold Him captive. Yes, He died on the cross but He rose again on the third day. He is alive because He is the resurrection and the life. Most people think of Jesus as a good human teacher or a miracle worker, but now they know exactly what He does. Having shed His blood on the cross for our sins, His eyes are on a great harvest of souls. There’re many that God has chosen, there’re many that Christ has redeemed, there’re many that are to believe in Jesus. They haven’t all entered the kingdom yet. Some have entered and some are entering now. Therefore, you genuine believers in Christ, from now on, let the message go out from Jesus to everyone, seize every opportunity to share the gospel. He said: “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” This He said, signifying by what death He would die (John 12:32-33). Share the gospel every day to save souls. And you unbelievers, receive Christ today and be saved. Come to Him in your weakness and sin, with little faith, knowledge and hope. He will not reject you. Christ offering to pay our sin debt We’ve all been in sin debt because the wages of sin is death and all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (see Rom 6:23; 3:23). We were all under the wrath of God because of our sin debt. But Christ became a debtor for our debts and He paid them with His own blood. Your only hope is in the blood of Jesus. God reveals His love to every soul that is washed in Jesus’ blood. Whoever you may be, you can be righteous right now if you receive Christ as your saviour. “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1: 18-19). “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2Cor 5:21). We are not made righteous because we didn’t sin. We are made righteous because Christ died for our sins. Our freedom from God’s wrath is on the basis of Christ’s death and resurrection. One sinful act of Adam and Eve: many acts of love from God. The ungodly world is hard to teach. It doesn’t know the love of God and even tries to ask, who is this God? Yet Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends (John 15:13). You must remember His acts of love anytime you want to talk about the nature of God. I received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour many years ago and I still continue to experience the joy of His salvation, and I’m delighted to introduce Him to you. Don’t reject this greatest gift and live in condemnation. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). You can receive Him right now. Pray this prayer below speaking each word out from your heart. Dear Lord: I recognise that I am a sinner and need to be saved. I understand that Jesus died in my place and suffered the judgment of all of my sins. I believe that Jesus rose from the dead and He is at the right hand of the father. Lord Jesus, I surrender my Life to you. Come and Live in my heart and be my Lord and saviour. Thank You for saving me. AMEN!