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April 6 – LD 14, Day 5: The Wonder of Father’s Love

Monday the 6th of April

in Heidelberg Catechism Meditations

John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Son of God coming into the world is a wonder of the love of the Father. As we confess the wonder of the incarnation, we, with the church of all ages express the cry of John in this verse. What a wondrous love of God for me, a covenant-breaking sinner!

Love is shown in the way of giving. God displayed the fullness of love by giving His Son for the salvation of His church.

And, if you ask which world it is that God so loved that He gave His only begotten Son, the answer points to the world of His elect. Not, the world for which he refused to pray in John 17:9, but the world of them which God gave Him.

The marvel of this love for the world is due to the fact that this world is comprised of covenant breakers, adulterers, murderers, publicans, thieves, and rebels. It is a people who have sinned against God. God could well have rejoiced in their total destruction. But, He did not! Instead He gave His beloved Son to save that world. Is this not the fullness of love?

God sent Jesus into the world so that we who were in the realm of death could live through Him. The life that we live is one of love toward God and the neighbor. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” I John 4:11


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