When reading the last part of this verse, it reminds me of Jesus death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. What do we have to believe in? Jesus, yes, but believe what? We must believe that He died on the cross! As I think of the cross and all that it stands for I think of the song Kiley sang just a few minutes ago.
“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ my God
All the vain things that charm me most
I sacrifice them to His blood
See from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of Nature mine
That were an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all!
Let me mention verse 1 and 3. I have to change when I look upon that cross and humble myself and realize my great gain because of what Jesus did on the cross. Then in verse three, by thinking of all that Jesus went through the sorrow and blood, the sacrifice He endured for me, I have to declare what the author has said in the last two lines of the song, “Love so amazing , so divine demands my soul, my life, my all.”
John 3:16 calls for all who are the creation of God, “the world,” to see the amazing sacrifice of God, His one and only Son, Jesus, who was willing to come as a gift from God, out of His love to me, and die on the cross to forgive my sins. Because of His resurrection from the dead He gives eternal life and we then can live with Him forevermore. John says in his Gospel in John 20:31,