Beyond the Surface

Hey guys, it’s Alyssa! I hope you all had a great weekend, I know I did! I had a great weekend full of friends & memories! I am super excited about this post today, so let’s dig into it!

Today I am going to be going beyond the surface of a Bible verse that so many hear more than any other verse in the Bible. This is a verse that many people have memorized and posted in their Instagram bios. A verse that famous athletes have on their body, a verse that is a major belief of Christianity and the story of Jesus.

This verse is 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.”

I am sure many of you have heard this verse before, but how many of you have looked beyond verse 16? Have you gone beyond the surface of it? Well, if you have not, no worries, that is why I’m here! Let’s get into it!

First, we have to talk about John 3:16. I remember when I was on Operation Barnabas, a ministry tool we used was to incorporate the person’s name into the verse to help it click. “For God so loved (insert name), that He gave His one and only Son, that if (insert name) believes in Him, (insert name) will have eternal life.” This was such a powerful way to share the Gospel because it directly relates to whoever you are trying to reach! I think this verse is another thing that Christians can become so numb to, but reading and dissecting the verses following gives you a deeper understanding of God’s love for us and the power of His word.

Verse 17 says this: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. “

GUYS! This is huge! This is directly saying that Jesus didn’t come for people to be judged or hurt, but He came to mend the brokenness of judgement and hurt! Jesus came to fix our “sin problem”, and He is the only true solution to it! Jesus came to save the world, the people that God created.

Verses 18-19 are so powerful! “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”

This is saying those who have “Said Yes to Jesus” are not condemned, but those who are clinging to their earthly ways and ignoring their Creator will stand condemned. Jesus has came into the world to be a light in a source of darkness and hurt, but people will still cling to their hurt and sin instead of the One who holds their life. Instead of admitting or trying to fix our sin problem- maybe we are caught up in the wrong crowd, making bad decisions, or find our worth in Earthly pleasures, we stay to the things we know and are comfortable with. We would rather be in that relationship than peruse a relationship with Jesus. We would rather go out and party every weekend than go to church on Sunday. We would rather sleep around and “have fun while we can” than to protect our purity.

Verses 20 & 21 are full of so much truth. “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”

Woah. This is so true. Everyone who would rather hide their sin in the darkness and be apart of the dark HATES the light. I mean, this is true in the sense of sleeping too. I don’t know about you guys, but I love to sleep in the dark, and I hate when someone opens my curtains and lets the light in. We love to live in the dark and take part in a dark lifestyle. We hate for ourselves and our sin to be exposed, and that is done when someone takes away our curtain of hiding and exposes us and our sin in the plain light for all to see. God tells us to bring our sin to Him, and admit of it. When we do this (in the light of Jesus), it pleases God and it lets us learn to cope and change our problem. God knows us, our hearts, and our choices already. Go to Him broken and He can make you whole.

Maybe, you relate to something I just said. First off, your brokenness is welcome here. God loves you, Raegan and I love you, and you have so much worth. Maybe, today is the day that you are going to lay your sin at the cross and pursue a relationship with Jesus. Maybe you realized you don’t look beyond the surface when reading your Bible. Maybe you already said yes to Him, but still struggle- that is completely okay. Lay it at the feet of Jesus. Get to a quiet place, get comfortable, and pray. Pray for strength to give it to God and to run away from your sin problem. Thank God for His mercy and goodness.

I hope today challenged you in some way. Maybe, you’re going to look beyond the surface when you read your Bible. Maybe you realized your sin problem and you have laid it at the feet of Jesus. Maybe, you’re going to bring your sin into the light. Whatever this may be, know I am praying for you and your heart.

I hope you have an amazing week!

Much love, Alyssa

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