There’s more to it, John 3:16.

1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.
9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10You are Israel’s teacher, said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
16 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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:1-21 (NIV) (Underlining emphasis mine.)
There’s more to this well used verse. God is not our fairy godfather. He's God. He's about real love and eternal life. And, we have the choice to either follow him or not.
That's what John 3:16 is about.

Scripture source: BibleGateway.com


  1. I love this story in the Bible. It allows us to feel more confident in God's promise of salvation. He truly is a forgiving and merciful God.

    Blessings, I hope your new year is the best one even, more healthy, productive, profitable, happy and blessed...

  2. Amen!
    And did you know that this past week, after the miraculous win of the Broncos and the 316 stats, 3:16 was the most Googled word or phrase? God always has a plan.

  3. interesting that I tune in and this verse is written. Last night during the Broncos vs. Patriots game there was a commercial of children reciting this verse. I thought it was very interesting that it was during football. Now, I do know that it most likely had something to do with Tim Tebow and his beliefs but it was just cool to see it appear during the game.

  4. So very true. I often remind my Kid's Church that God's not a big Santa in the sky just granting all our wishes!

    Loved the post!

    God bless ya girl and have a fantastic week!!! :o)


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