For God So Loved The World…

John 3:16 “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.”

A common verse, about an uncommon love.

Most people have never truly grasped the reality of what this verse means or the weight that it carries. They have seen this verse but they don’t quite understand that God went to truly radical lengths to retrieve us back from the grip of death. I want you all to understand this, God loves us so much that he gave up his most valuable possession, His Son, as a ransom for our souls.

You see Jesus was severely beaten and tortured, ridiculed and mocked, despised and reviled. Jesus took upon himself the judgment and punishment that we deserved, so we could get what He deserved. Friends, according to Romans 6:23, the wage of sin is death. That is what we deserved. But what kind of love is this? This is a love that says “Whatever they owe, I will pay it.” It’s a gift, freely given, no strings attached, no fine print.

You see the reality of the cross is that Jesus took on defilement, so we could take on purity. Jesus was broken, so we could be made whole. He took on curses, so we could take on blessings. He was blamed so we could be forgiven. He took on death, so that we could take on life.

Often times we understand the salvation part of this whole deal, but there is so much more to it. Jesus paid the price for our sins, our healing, and our freedom. He didn’t just pay the price for us to get into heaven, He paid the price for heaven to get into us. When we realize that, it changes our perspective of the prayer “On earth as it is in heaven”. It raises the standard around us, and creates an awareness in us. Now when we have the opportunity to pray for someone with sickness or disease we understand that God’s will is always for healing. God’s will is simply on earth as it is in heaven. That’s it. And is their sickness in heaven? Nope. 

The greek word often used for salvation is “sozo”; it means saved, healed, and delivered. The word encompasses the idea of wholeness or complete healing, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Complete healing, complete salvation, complete redemption. Friends, that is what Jesus paid for.

“How can God choose not to heal someone when He already purchased their healing? Was His blood enough for all sin, or just certain sins? Were the stripes He bore only for certain illnesses, or certain seasons of time? When He bore stripes in His body He made a payment for our miracle. He already decided to heal. You can’t decide not to buy something after you’ve already bought it.” -Bill Johnson