“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
The old year is gone and the new has come. It’s a blank slate. Last year is history and this year is a mystery. Who knows what this New Year will bring? God does! Perhaps your best act would be to place the right foundation on the face of the New Year in your life. That foundation is the Gospel message plain and simple.
God so loved the world He created that He gave sinful man a second chance by sending His only Son as our Savior, not only for us, but for the whole world. God has a plan for our lives in this coming year and for all years to come. His plan is for us to believe in Him and have everlasting life.
Not only does He have plan, but, He has a provision. He sent His only Son as a provision for us. We can take that to the redemption center at the foot of the cross and have everlasting life, gloriously in eternity.
Lastly, He has a promise. We all make and break promises, especially at this time of the year, but God’s promise of eternal life is written in blood and cannot and will not be broken. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. (John 3:17)
No other verse in the Bible so succinctly summarizes God’s relationship with humanity and the way of salvation than does John 3:16 revealing God’s plan, provision and promise. Some consider John 3:16 as the “theme verse” for the entire Bible. John 3:16 tells us of the love God has for us and the extent of that love—so great that He sacrificed His only Son on our behalf. John 3:16 teaches us that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, will be saved. John 3:16 gives us the glorious hope of eternal life in heaven through the love of God and death of Jesus Christ.
There is no more powerful way to deliver this message than to let John 3:16 speak for itself. God so loved the world (you and me) that He sent His only begotten Son so that all who believe shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
May this verse be your foundation for 2017.
By John Grant
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney
If you don’t know Jesus in a personal way you can begin a relationship with him today. The first step is a prayer telling him you believe He is who He says He is and a second step is surrendering control of your will and life to him. These can be communicated in a simple prayer (prayer is talking to God):
“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”
If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then you can pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
You can learn more about this relationship with a description of four basic Spiritual laws.
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