My friend, may I ask you a question? God so loved the world. Can there be no greater love than that and no words can add much to make this sentence any sweeter or more powerful? This simple verse has been called “the Gospel in a nutshell” because it tells the whole story of the Bible.
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Since it’s that time of year, it’s football season. I’m not a big TV viewer and watch very few football games from start to finish. Recently, however, I had the opportunity to tune in the TV set in for a few moments. It had been a long and rather burdensome week for me and the thought of just watching a few minutes of football seemed attractive. As the picture flicked to life I head the sound of a roaring crowd of spectators and was greeted with the sight of two uprights in the end zone and a placekicker about to launch a field goal through them. As the ball left his foot and sailed toward the goalposts the camera, following the arc of the ball, focused between the posts at the crowd in the end zone seats waiting for the ball to land. In the middle of the crowd was a banner, “John 3:16” is all it said. Even though I watch few football games, I was familiar with the banner. There probably isn’t a Sunday Pro or Saturday college game that doesn’t host someone sitting in the end zone holding that banner. It has become so common that it borders the ubiquitous. “God so love the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” I think that most people see that banner and think to themselves, “There’s another one of those silly signs!” The question is, is it silly to hold a banner like this on national TV?
Here’s a story: A certain medieval monk announced he would be preaching next Sunday evening on “The Love of God.” As the shadows fell and the light ceased to come in through the cathedral windows, the congregation gathered. In the darkness of the altar, the monk lighted a candle and carried it to the crucifix. First of all, he illumined the crown of thorns, next, the two wounded hands, then the marks of the spear wound. In the hush that fell, he blew out the candle and left the chancel. There was nothing else to say. (Source unknown.)
“God so loved the world.” I understand why people make the banners and hold them up in end zones. They do it because they want others to know about the amazing love of God. He loves you and I so much that He was willing to sacrifice even His own Son for us. There can be no greater love than that and no words can add much to make this sentence any sweeter or more powerful. This simple verse has been called “the Gospel in a nutshell” because it tells the whole story of the Bible. So, banners in the end zone? Perhaps they are silly. But for the moment as I was standing there in front of my TV set with the weight of the world pressing down on my shoulders yesterday, I was happy to be reminded. So, thank you to the banner makers one and all; it is always good to be reminded of why we are here and where we are headed.
We pray. To God be the glory, great things He hath done! So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, Who yielded His life an atonement for sin, And opened the life-gate that all may go in. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! O come to the Father through Jesus the Son, And give Him the glory: great things He hath done! Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done, And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son; But purer, and higher, and greater will be our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. In Jesus Name! Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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