"And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:14-17 NLT)
John 3:16 is often seen on signs at sporting events or written on the faces of the players or fans. The reference itself has become a symbol and recognizable as something in the bible, but for many that is as far as it goes. They don't know what it says or means.
But John 3:16 truly is the heart of the good news (gospel) of Jesus Christ. When read in the context of the verses before and after, its depth of meaning is greatly enhanced.
Do you remember the story of the snake on the the pole? When bitten by the snakes in camp, people were dying. If after being bitten, they looked up to the bronze snake lifted up on the pole, they would not die.
There are people all around us who are dying, not realizing God has made a way for them to live. God sent Jesus to be lifted up so they could look to Him and have life everlasting.
JOHN 3:16: Wear it by the way you live so others might see.
Bro. Joe Metts