January 26, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."
This particular verse is often called "the Gospel in a nutshell." In these few words, we have a concise summary of the Gospel, the essential facts of the Good News that Scripture calls the power of God for salvation—God's love for the world, the gift of His Son, and the promise of eternal life for those who believe in Jesus.
While the words, "in a nutshell," may imply something small, even insignificant, there is nothing small or insignificant in this message. We, who are sinful and by our very nature, rebellious against God, have received the most wonderful gift anyone could ever imagine; God’s favor. By God's grace through faith, we are brought, by the power of the Holy Spirit, into the kingdom of Jesus Christ, our "chief Cornerstone," the rock-solid foundation on whom our lives are built, now and for eternity.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, we give You thanks and praise for the gift of Your Son. Help us in the power of the Spirit to be faithful witnesses to Your truth, spreading the imperishable seed of the Gospel. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.