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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
Happy Resurrection Day!
We are gathered here today, some here but most at home, to celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are also here to recognize that our resurrected Lord and Savior will soon be returning to take home His own, to be where He is to live forever and ever. Amen!
Let me take this time to thank all of our medical people from our church who are deeply involved with this coronavirus pandemic. Not only the medical folks from here but all who are striving to help in any way they can by serving and working long hours in dangerous situations. Along with medical personnel there are so many other first responders and all who are doing what they can to take care of us and meeting our needs. We have and will continue to pray for you. We lift our President and others who are in the government roles to do what they can to stop this. May God use you all to bring this to a close.
We welcome you all this Easter morning to worship with us, members and visitors alike. For most of our members you are aware we have been talking about “Who’s Your One?”

Today, Easter, we are going to discuss this subject once more and so the title of today is “God’s One” from John 3:16, which reads,
Kiley has already read the Easter story from Luke’s Gospel speaking of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the dead. That fact is the critical point of the Christian faith. We believe in and serve a Risen Savior and Lord. He is not dead but He is alive and lives within everyone who has repented of their sin, believed in Jesus as the Son of God and Lord and Master, and has become a follower of Jesus Christ.

When each of us receive into our life and heart the Lord Jesus, He places into our lives the Holy Spirit and because of His presence in us, we are following Him and growing in Him, through the influence and power of the Spirit of God. It is God in us that lives this Christian life, and no Christian can live apart from the presence and power of the Holy Spirit living in them.

With that said, we want to look at this critical verse, which is the Gospel in a nutshell. In fact, William Barclay said in His commentary on John that this verse is “Everybody’s text” and the “very essence of the Gospel.”
1. God

God is the center of this verse. There is nothing without God. There is no gift of salvation or eternal life without God. When we look closely at this verse, the whole thing speaks of God and His desire to give to His creation, the world, you and me and all who live, this life as a gift. “For God,” He is the main character, so to speak, of this Gospel in a “nutshell.” God initiates salvation as He presents the gift of His One and only Son, who will provide salvation for all who believe. His desire is for all who believe to have His gift of eternal life.
2. Love

The next part of the verse is that God gives this gift because of His LOVE. God’s great attribute is love. The first fruit of the Holy Spirit is “love.” He is not an angry God. As the model parent, God loves His creation and though, like “a parent may love his child and desire his welfare, and yet be strongly opposed to the conduct of that child.”(Barnes' Notes on the New Testament) God loves does not mean He approves of the behavior of the “world” and therefore seeks to punish His creation. He loves that creation so much but He hates their sin, so He designed a plan long ago from the foundation of the world to forgive them through His sinless Son.
Jesus was chosen before the world was founded to bring salvation to all who would believe in Him. He came as Paul said in Galatians 4:4-5,
We use this passage as one that talks about Christmas, the coming of the Savior of the world, and it is right to use it that way, but it also means that in His coming, He came to provide what John 3:16 talks about, the salvation of all people who would come to believe in Him and realize that He is the Son of God and that He died, was buried and then rose again on the third day to live forevermore. In doing so, He brought for all who eventually would believe, the gift of salvation and eternal life in heaven. All of this because “God so loved!”
3. The World

The next part of this verse is “the world.” The world represents you and me and all who have been created by the Lord God. His love extends to all people (men, women, boys and girls), wherever they live, whatever they look like, whatever language they speak. It is expressed like this in Revelation 5:9,
Our God has not left anyone out, for this gift is given to all who sin and all of us sin no matter who we are. We are God’s One! It was for all the world that Jesus tasted "death".
He came for us, to redeem us and to give us life eternal. His love was extended to His One, the world! You are God’s One!
4. He Gave

“That He gave,” When I read this thought, I think of a gift given and it reminds me of Christmas, God’s Gift of His Son to the world. God’s gift is for real and it was unmerited. Man could not and did not earn or merit, the love of God; He gave it to the world freely through the gift of His Son. His love was the reason the gift was Jesus.

Jesus was speaking these thoughts to Nicodemus (John 3:1-21) and Jesus went on to clarify who that gift was, God’s One and Only Son, Himself. The gift was from God’s heart. That gift was sent from heaven above to the world below which Jesus created, to bring salvation to all who would believe.
5. One and Only Son

We serve a God who is three in One. He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, yet only One. God has only this one Son, no other. He gave his very best to the world of sinners who didn’t deserve the Son of God. This gift of His One and Only Son is the highest expression of love of which we can conceive. A parent who should give up his only son to die for others who are guilty - if this could or might be done - would show higher love than could be manifested in any other way.
Even though that is so, Jesus was willing to be sent by the Father so you and I might be saved from our sins and be redeemed forevermore. There is none other that could have forgiven sin. You can’t forgive your own sin, you can not do something to pay the payment for your sin but Jesus could. Jesus was holy and sinless, He was the only human being that was sinless and He lived those 33 years being tempted in all ways like us but never yielding to that temptation. He could have but He chose not to sin.
To be the Savior of all mankind He must present Himself without sin. Like the lamb chosen for the Passover, it had to be perfect, without defect, and Jesus was just that, the perfect, sinless sacrifice. The Bible says,
You see, the writer of Hebrews also told us that this One and Only Son of God could cleanse us from our sin because He was without sin.
Jesus was unblemished to God! He had no sin.
6. Whoever Believes in Him

There are no restrictions on who can believe in Jesus Christ. He came for all and He can save all who believe. Do you believe? Do you have faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? No matter who you are, if you believe in him then you can be saved. Even religious people who have gone to church all their lives can be convicted of their sin and look unto Jesus and believe and be saved.
On January 6, 1850, a snowstorm almost crippled the city of Colchester, England; and a teenage boy was unable to get to the church he usually attended. So he made his way to a nearby Primitive Methodist chapel, where an ill-prepared layman was substituting for the absent preacher. His text was Isaiah 45:22—"Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth." For many months this young teenager had been miserable and under deep conviction; but though he had been reared in church (both his father and grandfather were preachers), he did not have the assurance of salvation.

The unprepared substitute minister did not have much to say, so he kept repeating the text. "A man need not go to college to learn to look," he shouted. "Anyone can look—a child can look!" About that time, he saw the visitor sitting to one side, and he pointed at him and said, "Young man, you look very miserable. Young man, look to Jesus Christ!"

The young man did look by faith, and that was how the great preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon was converted.
7. Shall Not Perish but Have Eternal Life

When sharing this, Jesus was speaking about two groups of people: those who chose not to believe and those who did believe in Him. Those who chose to not accept the gift of God and believe in Jesus would perish, they would condemn themselves to an eternal separation from God and that we call the second death of hell.
God has no desire that anyone would perish but to have eternal life.
And then, those who choose to accept and believe in this gift from God, would have eternal life and live with God for all eternity in heaven.
Jesus could well have come to this world as a Judge and destroyed every rebellious sinner; but in love, He came to this world as our Saviour, and He died for us on the cross!
Conclusion

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,
Are you willing and ready to confess your sins and trust Jesus as your Savior and Lord and believe that He died and was buried and then rose on the third day from the grave to live forevermore. Are you willing to believe in His name? Amen!

What a great time to come to Jesus on Easter, with all our sorrows and trials so that He can give us His peace in these trying times. Right there in your own home bow your head and pray with me.

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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