John 3:16 – Aspect 2 – Gods Plan
Last week we looked at the fact that we are all perishing both physically and spiritually. We know this from John 3:16. We know that the reason for our perishing is that we are sinful from birth because of Adams first sin when he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden.
One question I would like to ask you from last week. Do you think that you deserve to be perishing or do you think it’s a little unfair to be blamed for something that was outside of your control?
Lets drive this point home a little just to see if we have a right to feel that way or whether we maybe we are sinful people who deserves perishing.
Play any of the clips here (Seal Beach or Pink hair are good)
Anyone here not in this position – so I think we can all safely say that without Gods plan we are all in trouble.
So we can see here why God had need of a plan for us. More to the point that we have a need of Gods plan.
Something we need to understand about Gods plan is that it does not change. Psalm 33:11
Tonight we are going to look at part 2 in our study of John 3:16. Gods plan. Now to think we can ever address Gods plan in 30 minutes is a bit ambitious so we will have a brief over view in relation to John 3:16
So what is God’s Plan according to John 3:16? Read John 3:16. To send His son, Jesus.
When you think of Gods plan what else comes to mind?
Let’s start with who was Jesus? The bible is very clear on who Jesus is. John 1:1, 14, 18
John1:1 – Clearly states that the Word is God. So then we need to know who this one is who is referred to as the Word.
John 1:14 – Who is this verse referring to? – Jesus, so Jesus is the Word that is God. But just to make sure verse 14 also talks about the “One and Only” Who is the “One and only” in this verse? Jesus
John 1:18 – Who is referred to as the “One and only” here? God. The same name for both Christ and God because they are one in the same. Where does this One and only sit? At the father’s side, the same place Jesus sits.
God came to Earth as Jesus because no one can look upon Gods face and live so he came in the form of Christ to make Himself known to mankind.
If you ever wondered was Jesus really God in the flesh these verses should clear that up for you once and for all.
So the first part of Gods plan as relates to John 3:16 is that God came to Earth in the form of Jesus Christ.
So I guess the obvious question that follows next is why? Why did Jesus come? (Allow answers)
Why did God send Jesus? This is made clear to us directly after the verse that we are studying at the moment. Someone read out John 3:17.
God’s idea wasn’t to send Jesus to tell us how naughty we have all been but to save the world through Him.
Save us from what? Perishing of course
There are so many other verses that tell us of why Jesus came.
He came to seek and save the lost.
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Who are the lost?
He came to serve.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45). To serve who?
He came to give His life as a ransom.
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28).Who are the many Jesus gave His life for?
He came that men might have life more abundant.
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Who receives abundant life?
He came to reveal the Father.
“Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him” (Matthew 11:27). “Jesus said to him, ‘He who has seen Me has seen the Father’” (John 14:9).Who does He reveal the father too?
He came to preach.
“But He said to them, ‘I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose’” (Luke 4:43).Who was He preaching to?
He came to testify to the truth.
“For this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37). Who did Jesus tell the truth to?
He came to save sinners.
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (I Timothy 1:15). Who are these sinners?
He came to destroy the works of the devil.
“The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil” (I John 3:8).
“Only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death” (Hebrews 2:14). Why did he come to destroy the work of the Devil. To break his hold over us.
He came to bear our sins.
“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross” (I Peter 2:24). “Christ . . . having been offered once to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:28). Whose sin did he come to bear?
There is a common thread that goes throughout these verses, what is it? We are the recipients of God sending Christ.
Gods only desire is to save us from perishing so we can spend eternity with Him.
Jesus died for us on the cross (1 Peter 3:18) Why did he have to die?
The bible says that without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin. In the OT the Israelites would sacrifice animals to cover over their sin in accordance with Gods commands but when Jesus came his death was to be a sacrifice once for all. Never again would there be a need to sacrifice animals because Jesus death was all that is required. Hebrews 10:10 & 7:27
John the Baptist said Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. That’s why part of Gods plan was that Christ would die so we could live. But only way we can live is to receive Christ as the one who did remove the stain of sin.
We know from earlier that we have all sinned. What if I am good from now on, will I be able to do enough good things to work my way into heaven. Let’s think about it for a minute. We have a God who will not allow sinfulness into His holy heaven. So to get there without Jesus we need to be sinless. Who here can be sinless in thought and speech and deeds. No one. So you see whatever we do our sinful nature will always keep us out of heaven. Therefore we need Jesus because he is the only one who can pay the penalty for our sin.
Isn’t God a loving God?
Yes He is a loving God but he is also a just God who cannot let sin go unpunished.
It is like a judge who allows a murderer to go free. We would look at that judge and say that they were not a good judge to let a murdered escape without penalty. Why is it then that when it comes to Gods judgement, which is perfect that we think he should let us off without penalty?
Jesus was resurrected from the dead (Romans 4:25) Why was Jesus resurrected? Jesus resurrection was to show the power and victory God has over death which confirms that believers will also share in this victory one day.
Why is this so important to the Christian?
1 Corinthians 15:3-8 – Many people saw Christ alive after His death, in fact over 500. The fact that he rose from the grave is well testified to.
1 Corinthians 15:14-15 – Paul says here if it’s not true then we are all wasting our time because if Christ is not risen then there is no hope for us either
1 Corinthians 15:20-22 – But we know he has risen, as death came through Adam (perishing and separation from God) life comes through Christ (Eternal Life)
Jesus is the only way to God, through his death and resurrection – Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12
Christs act in going to the cross and Gods plan in sending Him were selfless acts.
Final Chart on the whiteboard looks like this:
Death on the Cross
Finish with the song “On my Cross”