John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” According to the American Bible Society, Gaylord Kambarami, the General Secretary of the Bible Society in Zimbabwe, tried to give a New Testament to a very belligerent man. The man insisted he would roll the pages and use them to make cigarettes. Mr. Kambarami said, “I understand that, but at least promise to read the page of the New Testament before you smoke it.” The man agreed, and the two went their separate ways. Fifteen years later, the two men met at a convention in Zimbabwe. The Scripture-smoking man had been saved and was now a full-time evangelist. He told the audience of his experience with Mr. Kambarami, “I smoked Matthew, and I smoked Mark, and I smoked Luke. But when I got to John 3:16, I couldn’t smoke anymore. My life was changed from that moment.” The Bible is not just a good book. The Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant Word. Unlike other pieces of literature which can stimulate a person’s intellect or emotion, God’s Word reaches into the spirit of a person and arrests them, through the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. In its pages, the Bible gives an honest portrayal of the lives of the characters depicted on its pages. We see the frailties of men and women that we have come to venerate in Sacred Scripture, yet we see a reflection of ourselves in their pre-redemptive state. But the great theme that runs as a scarlet thread through the pages of God’s Word, is how a loving God began the initiative of seeking fallen man. From Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden, God immediately sought to restore us back to our relationship with Him, as it was before the Fall. Our text today is the magnum opus of God’s plan of reconciliation. Through the redemption we now have by the cross of Christ, we can be reconciled back to our heavenly Father. Beginning at the cross, every day will forever be a new day!
Source: American Bible Society Record
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