“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.”John 3:16
If there was ever a rally cry for Christians, this verse would be it! We see this verse on all kinds of banners at football games, on tee shirts, posters, and inscribed beautifully on communion tables and church walls. As the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team leaves the locker room for the field, they walk underneath a sign and slap it with their hands. The sign reads: “Play like a Champion today!” It inspires them to greatness. Reminding them that they have it in them to be a champion!
Throughout history, the cross has been a symbol for Christians to never give up, keep serving, loving, preaching, and dying courageously for our faith. It reminds us to live like a champion.
What’s our inspiration? The promise in John 3:16. God loves us! Romans 5:8 says that, “God demonstrated ahis love for us. While we were sinners, Christ died for us”. God loves us unconditionally. We don’t have to clean up our act, get our life together before coming to Him. He loves us just the way we are. His love was demonstrated so beautifully in the giving of His one and only Son, Jesus! Can you imagine giving up one of your children for somebody else? Someone you don’t even know? Somebody who hates you? That is the ultimate picture of love.
What a great hope we find in this verse. If we just believe, then God has such a great promise for us. We will not die. Oh sure, the batteries in our bodies will wear out and run down, that is true. But our spirits will always be alive. We will go to live with Him in heaven that He has created just for us. If the church ever had a theme song, a rallying cry, or a sign that we all carried with our faith, as we walked out the door and into the world, it would be this one: John 3:16. The next time you’re watching the Bears vs Packers game, and somebody kicks a field goal, and you see that crazy guy holding that John 3:16 sign, know you will know it means a lot more than just three points. Go Bears! Beat the Pack!