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          “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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God” (John 3:16-21 NKJV).

 

            God’s love for man is clearly seen in all that He has done. From the beginning God provided for the physical needs of man. In Genesis we are told, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.  And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:7-9 NKJV).  As long as man obeyed God, his needs were supplied.

 

            Jesus promised to take care of His followers. In the great “Sermon on the Mount” He spoke about God’s care for the flowers and birds and then stated, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:33-34).

 

            In 1875, Fanny J. Crosby wrote the lyrics “To God be the glory, great things He hath done, So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, Who yielded His life an atonement for sin, And opened the life-gate that all may go in.” John wrote, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:9-10). John also wrote, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (I John 3:16).

 

            Paul wrote that God’s plan for the atonement of man was made before He began the work of creation. He stated, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,” (Ephesians 1:3-5). Peter wrote, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God” (I Peter 1:18-21).

 

            Fanny J. Cosby wrote, “Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done, And great our rejoicing thro’ Jesus the Son; But purer, and higher, and greater will be, Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice!  Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the people rejoice! O come to the Father, thro’ Jesus the Son, And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.” Jesus willingly left heaven and walked among us as a man in order that He might save us from sin (Philippians 2:7-8). He sacrificed His body and blood on our behalf (Hebrews 10:10-20). He died on the cross to make life, in heaven, possible for you and me, (Hebrews 12:1-3). 

 

            Let us not forget the “great things” that God has done for us. The inspired writers warn that forgetting these things will cost us our soul, (Hebrews 12:3; II Peter 1:3-12). Let us rejoice in the greatness of God’s love and the abundance of grace wherewith He blesses us.

 

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