The Love of God is Accessible {Advent Devotional}


By Bill McIntyre

As we continue through John 3:16. let’s take a look at these next words:

that whoever believes in him

The really good news about God’s love is that it is not limited to a select few.  It is not available only to those who were born with the right colour of skin or on the correct continent.  Nor is it difficult to obtain.

It is not reserved for only the intellectual elite or the power brokers or financial wizards.

No, the love of God is accessible to “whoever believes in” Jesus – the only Son of God.

James Van Tholen in his book “Where All Hope Lies” gets at the accessibility of God’s love when he writes:

‘From the human perspective, when you compare [God] to the other gods of the other religions in the world, you have to say our God is really sort of odd.  He uses the most common of people, people that aren’t any different from any of us here; he comes in the most common of ways, when by his Spirit an anonymous young woman is found to be with child.  And the strangest thing is that he comes at all … he’s not the Above-Us-God, too holy to come down.  This God’s love is so immense that he wants to come down.  And he has proven his love by the fact that he did come down and touch our ground.’

This has to be one of the greatest wonders of scripture because here we have an omnipotent (having unlimited power), an omnipresent (everywhere at the same time), an omniscient (having unlimited knowledge) and holy God who has made himself known to you and me through His Son.

The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world. (1)

Here is a God that one day I will stand in his presence; not to be judged or condemned but to be welcomed into his family.

To be called a child of God just shows how accessible he is and this accessibility is permanent. Not a whim or fancy on God’s part but a permanent certainty of everlasting life.

Heavenly Father we bow before you as our sovereign Lord and thank you that when we believe in your Son that you then give us this wonderful gift of salvation and eternal life. Our earthly bodies may die but we have eternal life with you.  Amen.

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