The Greatest of All
As I sat in church this morning, I was urged to pen down certain thoughts or rather my take on one of the most quoted scripture verses.
Known by heart by almost all Christians and others too, it is my understanding that the worth of this verse has been lost. So here is what I interpret this verse to mean.
In order to explain this I shall break it down into four parts entitled as THE GREATEST OF ALL.
- “For God so loved the world” – This phrase depicts one thing and one thing only, and that is that there is no greater love in this world and God’s love. It is for this great love that God has maintained a relationship with us, His children. The Old and New Testament shouts out with several stories of God’s great love. Zephaniah 3:17 talks about how God is our savior and that it’s with His great love for us that He has kept his promises. We as Christians sometimes sadden the heart of God more often we realize. But His steadfast love is constant. The psalmist David even sings of the Lord’s great love and mercy in the 86th psalm. This great love is the foundation of the covenant between man and God.
- “That He gave his only begotten son” – This is the greatest selfless act that has ever been recorded in history. And it will remain so because it is the Greatest Sacrifice of all. For The Father to give up what was dearest to His heart (i.e. His son Jesus) to salvage the relationship between God and man is maintained as the greatest act of love. It is in my opinion that Jesus died several times before He was crucified. He died to His own will in order to do the will of the Father. He died as being a lowly peasant and touching the hearts of many. He died as being a servant to others. We see in so many scriptures how God (in the form of His son Jesus) has acted so selfless. My favorite being the passage in Philippians 2:7-8 “but He made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
- “That whosoever believes in Him will not perish”- This by far is the greatest promise of God. The New Testament screams out so loudly with the promises of God. The greatest one being that it is only through Jesus Christ that we can maintain a relationship with our heavenly Father. It is His deepest will to share such a bond with His children. And everything that He had ever done was to become our sole reason for happiness. He did this by ensuring us that those who believe in Christ can claim this great promise.
- “But have everlasting life”- the latter two words depict the greatest reward in history. This is the only fruit that the promise of God bears, i.e. the gift of eternal and everlasting life with God our Father in Heaven. This reward will be bestowed upon us after the second coming of Christ. The Gospel of Matthew includes several references to eternal life. But it is my understanding that ‘eternal life’ and the ‘kingdom of God’ are synonymous. The reason for this belief is that our final resting place will not be the earth, but in the kingdom of Heaven where we shall reap our reward of everlasting life and reign with our Lord of Lords.
My prime focus on this great scripture verse is that it contains four of the greatest truths.
- The Greatest Love.
- The Greatest Sacrifice.
- The Greatest Promise.
- The Greatest Reward.
Being part of the motions and just reciting this verse is not enough. It takes understanding first in order to believe what this verse implies. It is probably a verse which is centered in the heart of humanity and the entire world’s events.
However, it is these four great truths that ensure us a healthy and loving relationship with God our Father.
It is these four truths that will help us to please the heart of God.
It is these four great truths that will help us to fulfill our destiny and our very reason for existence.