For God So Loved!
Preached by Apostle Aje Pelser at Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town
Jesus was answering the questions of Nicodemus, a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews. Jesus’ life was a puzzle to the ruling party: “How can he do the works he does unless God is with him?”
Jesus was showing them how to transcend realms of existence by being born again. To get out of the continuous cycle of failure in our lives, one has to be born again, of the Spirit and of Water. After confessing Jesus as your lord and Saviour, getting baptized in water and with the Holy Spirit is the only way to really exchange cycles and get into a different realm of existence.
John 3:16 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.
John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Here are some ways God loved the world through Jesus and His disciples:
1. He gave his only begotten Son. John3:16
2. He delivered the oppressed. Matt. 8:28-34
3. He healed the broken-hearted. Luke 4:18
4. He had compassion on the multitudes. Mat 14:14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
5. He healed all the sick.
6. He fed the hungry. Matt. 14:13-21
7. He cared for the children. Matt. 10:13-16
8. He forgave the sinners. John 8:3-11
9. He opened prison doors. Acts 5:19
10. He rejoiced to see them overcome evil. Luke 10:21
11. He took a beating for our diseases. Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24
12. He shed His blood for our sins. Mat_26:28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
13. He rose from the Dead to activate a new and better covenant of faith.
14. He gave a commission to go and make disciples.
15. He gave a simple command to love. Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Joh 13:35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
16. He promised and delivered the gift of the Holy Spirit. It equips you to love in any situation. Acts 1,2.
17. He sent His apostles all over the world to establish His kingdom in hearts and minds.
Mar 16:19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
Mar 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
18. He is sending you today to continue to share His love to your world.
19. He is coming for you! Heb 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.