John 3:16

When I was about 9 years old the Sunday-School I attended offered an incentive for memorizing Bible verses; a Bible with imitation leather cover.  One of the first verses I learned was the opening verse of today’s Gospel reading; John 3:16.  “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” I am not sure how much of it I really understood at 9. I knew at least that God loves the world, and he gave his only Son.

I had some idea that believing in Jesus would save us from perishing and give us eternal life, whatever that meant.  At least it was an important promise that someday I would come to understand. Read More