A few years ago, Bible Gateway published a list of the 100 most read bible verses at biblegateway.com (http://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2009/05/the-100-most-read-bible-verses-at-biblegatewaycom/) I thought it would be a great list to use to memorize the 100 most popular verses! I also, thought I’d take minute and explain some of the significance behind the verse as well.
The #1 verse, as you might expect is John 3:16:
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
If you grew up going to church and Sunday school, where you got medals for your perfect attendance, you probably also got a reward for memorizing this verse! Unfortunately, it’s probably so familiar to us that we just brush it off as something we learned when we were kids, so it must be childish.
It is, most definitely not!
There is so much packed into this one verse.
God love the world.
God sent his son into the world.
Believing in his Son saves us from death!
Believing in the Son he sent gives us eternal life!
These four, life-changing truths are all in this one little verse. That’s why we memorize it when we’re kids. God loved us, his creation, his world so much that he would send His one and only son into that sin-filled and dirty world. He sent his son away from the royalty of Heaven and into a dark world. That’s how much he loved us.
And it doesn’t end there, if we believe in that love we can be saved from eternal death and given eternal life, in Heaven with our Creator. We don’t have to do anything to earn this love, it’s just ours. All we have to do is believe.
Earlier in the book of John (1:12) we hear: “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
Rest in this verse this week! We have been given the right to become children of God. Because he loved us enough to come into the world. All we have to do is believe in him.