(Paraphrasing at its finest.)
I read a story…or maybe it was a blog…or maybe it was in a sermon once? (This isn’t starting out too well.) Anyway, there was a lady, I’ll call her Sally, who had never gone to church before. She was invited to go to a bible study. At the bible study Sally was advised to read the book of John. So she did. The next week she went back to the bible study. She raised her hand feeling more excited than she had ever been.
Sally said, “I read the book of John and there was this verse. I think it has changed my life. You guys have to hear it. For God so loved the world…” The other ladies (who probably had gone to church their entire lives) listened. One lady watched as tears rolled down Sally’s cheeks reciting this verse that most take for granted. She started crying herself and went home and prayed that every time she read or heard John 3:16 that it would be as though she had never heard it before.
As I just read this verse I prayed the same for me…and all of you.
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.