One of the most well known verses in the Bible is John 3:16-

“For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Usually, this verse is brought up in the context of salvation and sharing the Gospel, or Good News. But there is so much more Good News to this verse that needs to be shared.

First, who is Jesus?

“He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation…He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15,17).

Jesus’ image is human, meaning He is 100% God, 100% human. Think about it. Jesus in human form is one with/the same as God (John 10:30), and he has always existed.

God loves us so much that he took on human from. He wanted to know what we are like, everything about us. He wanted to experience breathing through lungs, laughing so hard your stomach hurts, the saltiness of tears and the burn in your throat, tasting fresh hot bread and aged wine, feeling skin and muscles. He didn’t do it just for 30 years to save us from hell, he chose the human form to walk in for all eternity.

And when it was time for Jesus to take our death, He didn’t take the easy way out by crushing Satan and hell from his throne in power and eternal justice without pain. He chose to know the fullness of human suffering. He took it all. He did not run away or take water breaks. He submitted to Himself, His Father’s will. He was not of this world and yet He devoted Himself to human life so that we could know the truth that God is crazy about us.

And it doesn’t stop there. Jesus did all of this for us because He also wanted us to become like Him and experience Him fully.

“Happy is God, the Father of Jesus the Messiah. It brings Him great joy and pleasure to bless us with every spiritual blessing found in the heavenly places through Jesus, just as He chose us in Jesus before the creation of the world, so that we would be holy and blameless like Him in His presence. It was in His boundless love that he desired to adopt us as children through Jesus according to his kindness. It was His desire to be Father to us, and that was always His plan” (Ephesians 1:3-5).

God wanted to be our Dad; he wanted us to be His kids. Before Day 1 of Creation.

All He asks us to do is believe this and give ourselves fully back to Him.

This is what a perfect relationship is meant to look like: unity of mind, body, and spirit, sharing and giving all of yourself to the other person so they can understand you fully and have all that you have.

Oneness with God cannot happen if God stays God- fellowship would be incomplete, and and it would become us striving to please Him.

Jesus didn’t become like us because we needed saving; he became like us because he loves who we are, and saw us worth redeeming.

That is John 3:16.

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