For God So Loved

45476775-C864-4EA4-A7BA-3D8E3B3A5C56There’s a very special place in Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains that looks a lot like the Holy Land. In fact, it is known as the Holy City of the Wichitas.

As you approach this area, you might mistake it for a ghost town, and it certainly looks like the rock ruins from an ancient town. Instead, it’s the home of a long running passion play, telling the story of Jesus, from birth to resurrection, since 1926.

Although you may have never heard of it, this play draws thousands of people a year around Easter, with a cast that has grown from just a few to hundreds over the years. Why would the people here put forth such effort? Because they want you to know this:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

What amazing good news for every single person! This is the Gospel wrapped up in a couple dozen words, a single sentence. Maybe you’ve never been loved unconditionally before. Maybe you’ve never known what it was like to have someone go to the ends of the earth to show you that they love you.

If you haven’t, then I want to introduce you to Someone who does. God loves you so much. And it’s not just pretty words with Him; it’s action. He not only tells you He loves you; He demonstrates He loves you. He made the ultimate sacrifice to bring you into a relationship with Him by giving His one and only Son – that you might believe in Him and not perish, but live with Him eternally.

Even though the world may tell you different, it is God’s nature to love. Not control, not exact vengeance, not punish.

Although our sin deserves these things, God, in His mercy and grace, planned a better way. But it’s up to each of us to make this choice- to choose a relationship with God through Christ or to choose to go through life and eternity without Him. What will you choose today?

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