“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
You may have heard the phrase, “Winner, winner, chicken dinner!” It’s a phrase that is often used to celebrate victory. I thought of it this morning when Ray told me he was making chicken for our meal this evening.
Speaking of chicken, I didn’t know until I was an adult that my mother’s favorite piece WASN’T actually the neck. I was touched to find out that she had only pretended to like the skinnier portion of this fowl. I mean, chicken necks have virtually no meat on them, but our mother always made sure that her seven children were well fed. What a sacrifice!
As my mother did, I’m sure that many of us have sacrificed for others in various ways. Those sacrifices may not look like a piece of chicken, but we often try to make life a little easier for our loved ones.
Still, there’s no comparison between the sacrifice we make for others and the greatest sacrifice known to man. God showed His deep love for us by sending His only Son to die on a cross for our sins.
Jesus willingly suffered and died for all.
Friends, that means you and me, and all who were created or who will ever be created. I sure don’t deserve that kind of sacrificial love. In fact, there’s not one of us who does. But John 3:16 gives us a clear message of God’s great love for mankind.
The Good News is that Jesus, the innocent sacrifice, was victorious over death and the grave!
His sacrifice has never been in vain.
He is our ticket to Heaven.
He is our eternal Hope.
While we wait for that moment when we’ll see Him face to face, we can be comforted by the fact that we will never walk this journey alone. He is always with us. To this we can rest in victory and say, “Winner, Winner, Christ died for sinners!”