You know what I think is awesome? Of course you don’t know, so I’ll tell you!
Everyone knows John 3:16. If you’re confused, that’s the verse that comes pre written on football gloves and baseball mits… Ha. However as well as we all know that verse I think there is one word in there we all skim over without giving it the proper credit…
John 3:16 says, “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.”
We all understand the importance and the main point of the this message, that if we accept Jesus we will have external life. But what I think is so awesome is the “whosoever” part.
Do you realize how amazing that is? That means ANYONE who wants to be saved can be.
That means gay, straight, black white, murderer, thief, good person, bad person, liars, rich, poor, Bruce or Caitlyn Jenner, or even Dylann Roof….
Oh… That kind of stings a little… Cause he just shot and killed people in a church… Would God really forgive HIM!?
Well, he actually already did. Even Dylann Roof is included in that “whosoever”. Now, I’m not saying God is pleased with what happened, and I hope I dont get more comments about why do bad things happen… Cause I don’t know why. But I know John 16:33 says, “You will have suffering in this world.” He didn’t say you might – he said it is going to happen.
Anyway, God doesn’t condone our sin, but because of Jesus dying on the cross, all our sins are paid for, so we can all be a part of that whosoever.
Now I don’t know if Dylann Roof will take advantage of this amazing gift, but I do know he has the option. And if he calls on the name of the Lord, and asks for forgiveness, weather anyone on this earth wants him to have it or not, God will give it to him. Because Jesus paid for it for him so long ago.
I only my write all this because of this quote I read in this article HERE.
“I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you,” a daughter of Ethel Lance said. “And have mercy on your soul. You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people but God forgives you, and I forgive you.”
As I read that, I tried to put myself the best I could in that situation… Would I be able to forgive him if he had shot my wife? My son? My mom? As I sit here now and type this and think about it, it brings tears to my eyes. The thought of someone so selfishly taking away someone I love for such selfish reasons… Could I forgive them?
I’ve been thinking about this for over an hour as I work my booth at the trade show today and the all of a sudden I looked up and saw this sign 2 booths down…
There’s another whosoever… So I as I ponder could I forgive him? God straight-up told me, “why not? My son died for that already…. The same mercy and grace I’ve been extended in your life can belong to Dylann Roof just as easily.”
So as takes over the country, and we all post horrible things on social media, I want to challenge you to spend the time you were going to use posting that status to say a prayer instead. Pray for Dylann. Or pray for another “whosoever” that you know that may need Jesus and his love and grace.
I don’t want to downplay the horrible tragedy that took place. It was horrible. Absolutely. I just want to show you another perspective on how to react to it…
God has enough love and mercy and grace to cover us all. And weather we except it or not, all our sins have already been paid for. You are the whosoever that John 3:16 is talking about.
Remember that, John 3:16 was written about YOU.