At the heart of the Gospel
Following Jesus, conversation with Nicodemus, John in just two verses manages to give us the most moving summary of Godís eternal purpose: John 3 v 16 & 17, For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent his son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
Many people imagine God to be a stern judge, who will punish those who do not live righteous lives and for some reason or another fail to believe in Him. Now we can understand that God must be opposed to evil and therefore to those who inflict it on their fellow humans, however, God is not angry in the capricious, stupid way that we humans are unrighteously angry and is surely saddened by our blindness to sin. God is all ways willing to forgive if we truly repent, But God shows His great love for us who repent in that while we were still sinful Christ died on the cruel cross for us.
It has been often said that there was a cross in the heart of God long before there was one in Calvary.
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