John 3:16-21 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

God’s plan for rescuing our loved ones and our world from darkness is revealed in John 3:16-21. The end of this video contains a powerful but rarely discussed fact about why there is so much darkness in our world today and what the Church needs to repent of.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 6th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

In part six of this Bible Series on believing the amazing Word of God, we’re going to continue with the third Chapter of the Gospel of John starting with verse 16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life.” Let’s continue because there’s a lot more to this than just that verse and a lot of people stop at that verse. But the next verse I believe is even more important. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him.”

See, when we have people in our lives that we are trying to bring to the Truth we see them doing wrong things, unhealthy things, immoral things, and we want to help them. We care, and we want to help them live the way God called them to live. And let’s face it, if they become holier our lives are going to get a lot easier right? Because these are the troublemakers. These are the people who, by not following Christ, cause us problems, they’re family problems that… we’d like to see them change. And what do we do? We condemn them, maybe not intentionally but we say, “You’re sinning! You’re going to hell! If you don’t get to Mass you’re going to hell or if you don’t…” whatever. “God’s angry at you. There’s going to be chastisements. The world is going to be experiencing hurricanes and earthquakes and all kinds of devastation because we’re so bad. The world is made up of so many bad people.”

But Jesus says in his Word, right here, John Chapter 3, verse 17 that he didn’t come to condemn the world. He came to redeem it, to lead everyone to Heaven. But to accomplish that let’s look at the rest of his plan here. Verse 18 says, “Whoever believes in Him (Jesus) will not be condemned.” Okay we know that, we know that in order for people to get to Heaven and not go to hell, they need to believe in Jesus. It’s very clear, that’s very clear here, “But whoever does not believe has already been condemned because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God.” We can’t get to Heaven through Mohammed. We can’t get to Heaven through some guru. We can’t get to Heaven by our own plans, our own doings, our own “I’m going to do what makes me feel good. I’m gonna do what the world says is okay.”

That’s not how we get eternal life. That’s not how we get freedom from God’s condemnation. It’s very clear here: “Whoever does not believe in Jesus has already been condemned because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God.” Son with a capital S. Savior Son. “And this is the verdict:” (here’s more understanding of what is just being said there.) “The light came into the world but people preferred darkness to light because their works were evil.” Okay, yes, that’s the state of the world. We know people and we watch the news and we see that people run away from and fight back against the Truth, because they want to remain in their darkness. They want to remain in their ways. They want to stay attached to what they want to do with their lives.

“For everyone” verse 20, “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light so that his works might not be exposed.” And now here, my friend, is what I want you to really grasp. Verse 21, “Whoever lives the Truth comes to the light so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” This is the hope of the world. Your good works need to be seen by the world as done because of Christ, through Christ, in Christ. But what? Opening the door for somebody and smiling at them? Letting somebody in into traffic in front of you? These are all good deeds. Loving your children? Helping a neighbor? These are all good deeds, but how many times have these kinds of deeds converted someone to come from darkness to light?

It’s the miraculous works that get people’s attention. It’s the amazing works of God that get people’s attention. When we can do what’s impossible because we have Jesus Christ, that is what gets people’s attention so that they too turn to Christ. They too want what we have. Even as their evil ways try to keep them in darkness, if we reveal the light of Christ with power people begin to want it. Take seriously my friend the importance of revealing God’s power to change the world. We need to repent of all these years that we’ve spent not living in the fullness of power of God, God’s love revealed in his power. All the times we have settled for living the mediocre faith of “Well I pray and I don’t see a miracle so well God has other plans, God will use the doctors.” And yes he does use the doctors as I’ve said before. But we need to repent of not seeking the Holy Spirit’s help in growing in faith to be wonder workers for the Lord.

We need to ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with faith for miracles because the world desperately needs to see this kind of light. Pray. Pray for that kind of faith. Go to Confession for the lack of that kind of faith in your life before. And pray again, every day, “Holy Spirit come fill me. You have my permission to change me.”

 

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