Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Pastor Rick Jackson

The heart of Christmas is the Heart of God, the heart of God is the Bible. The heart of the Bible is the New Testament. The heart of the New Testament is the Gospel of John. The heart of the Gospel of John is the third chapter. The heart of the third chapter of the Gospel of John is the 16th verse. So the heart of Christmas and the heart of God is John 3:16. The human heart has four chambers. Consider these four thought from the heart of the Bible – John 3:16.

I. “FOR GOD” There is obviously a lot you can say about God. He is Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, eternal, perfect and the list could go on and on. Among other things - God is Holy- that is part of His nature [He cannot deny Himself.] That means God can not allow sinful men to come into His presence. God can not allow sinful men to go to Heaven. He can not deny Himself. He cannot cease being Holy. But God is not just Holy… and that brings us to the second chamber of this verse, the heart of the Bible and it deals with the fact that God is loving…

II. “SO LOVED THE WORLD” That is very good news for sinful creatures such as we are. God loves the world. That doesn’t mean the planet. That doesn’t mean the trees and the rocks and the birds and the beasts. That means us. That means mankind. That means men and women, boys and girls. That means sinners. Now God is Holy so He hates our sin. But God is Love so He loves the sinner, and we are all sinners, ever since Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden. Adam was a real man, in a real garden, facing a real test which he really failed and now every son or daughter born of man and woman is a real sinner. God loves us poor sinners. But God is Holy, God hates sin, so God can NOT overlook sin. Sin must be paid for. But God loves us. So He did the only thing that could be done. And that brings us to the third chamber of this verse, the heart of the Bible and it deals with the fact that God is so loving…

III. “THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON” He gave Him willing [God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us], Christ came willingly, Christ gave His life willingly [Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.] God gave the ultimate sacrifice. God gave the first, best, most expensive Christmas Gift that has ever been given or ever will be given. Christ died, yea, rather, is risen again, but it will not do you a scintilla of good unless you see the fourth chamber of this verse, the heart of the Bible and it deals with the fact that YOU must accept the Gift of God’s Son, from God’s heart or it is useless to you.

IV. “THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.” Listen, this great gift must be accepted or it will not help you at all. Don’t try to add to it either [church membership, baptism, good works] or you insult God and Christ. You are saying He didn’t do enough. Don’t try to take away from it either and say it isn’t necessary or there are other ways to Heaven. You say that and you are saying God doesn’t know what He is doing, that He is wrong when He declares you are a sinner and Christ is the only Saviour. No, the only way to honor God and be saved is by receiving His Gift in humility and faith. And when you have received it, the only way to honor God is to live for Him because you are His child NOT to become His child.

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