IN THIS BEWILDERED WORLD, WHOM DO YOU KNOW FOR SURE? JOHN 3:16?*


This signpost appears to still be standing. Today is so bewildering as we stand at the crossroads of life . . . and the other signposts have fallen down.


*John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever delighted in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. KJV

This verse can stand alone. In the past it was even on baseball fences. Is it still?


Matthew 9:35 NIV

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the Kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.


Just one verse above describes the work of Jesus.


1. The word for preaching in the original language is herald. A herald was a man who (as a town crier) brought a message from the king. Jesus was bringing a message from God . . the good news of the Kingdom.


"The duty of the herald is the proclamation of certainties." Preaching is the proclamation of certainties. But it isn't only the preacher who must be certain. The people who hear the message cannot believe by proxy. They must believe within themselves.


LIFE TODAY IS BEWILDERING, IS IT NOT? IT IS FULL OF UNCERTAINTIES!

It seems there has never been a time when certainty is needed more than it is today. Thank Heaven, literally, we can trust the words of the Bible. Its words will bring us peace and eternal life.


2. Jesus taught outdoors and indoors, wherever there was a listening ear. He taught truth and made immediate application. We cannot teach as He did but we can show others what being a Christian means by the way we live.


3. Jesus healed the sick. Healing was at the top of His list for actions. He consistently healed with compassion. One might say He 'takes after' His Father.


I think John 3:16 was one of the first verses I memorized from the Bible.

Martin Luther of the Reformation repeated this verse 3 times in Latin in his dying moments. Latin was the language in which he first read the Bible.


As a former Hospice nurse, I have heard deathbed whispers and shouts. When Catherine Marshall was dying, she would only open her eyes for scripture reading. I pray I have enough mind left to do the same. What about you? What will be your last words?


If there is any doubt, you might consider John 3:16 as a starting point. It is a giant promise, isn't it? I once saw on the flyleaf of a Bible this quote:

If a Bible verse touches you, stand on it. It's the only thing that doesn't move!


It starts out "For God so loved the world" . . . since that is true, then no one can be out of reach of His divine embrace. Who am I to treat that person otherwise?


For ourselves, have you ever been at the end of your rope? I have. I found that when I could no longer hold on, the love of God held me.


Do you remember in Dr. Zhivago at the end of the movie . . Yuri's half-brother, General Yevgrav, was questioning Katya (Yuri and Lara's daughter)? She told the General that her father had let go of her hand. The General replied, "That was Komarosky. Your father would never have let go of your hand."


Our Heavenly Father will never let go of our hand when we belong to Him. Talk to Him today. Talk to Him now if you can.











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