Just another traveler on life’s highway hanging out in the slow lane. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. Beyond the horizon is rest calling my name. Green pastures, still waters, my cup overflows.
During the 2009 American college football championship game, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, a devout, unabashed Christian, wore John 3:16 in eye black under his eyes. The verse became one of Google’s highest searched terms leading millions (94 million) to search John 3:16 during the game and in the hours after. In a subsequent interview, Tim quipped that the number was staggering, but he was more amazed that there were 94 million people who did not know John 3:16. “Everybody knows John 3:16. It’s the first thing we learned in Sunday school.”
“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.” John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son…..
This is the Son whom we are celebrating during Christmastide. The readings, the verses, the songs, the festivities are all an important element of the Christmas story, but the message to the world brought by this child in a manger is clearly uncomplicated. Believe me, have faith in me, trust me, love me with all your heart, give your life to me and you shall have everlasting life.
What is that everlasting life about which John wrote? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that I have lived without Jesus and I have lived with Jesus. Living without the Son felt like a death sentence, physical and spiritual. Living with him has been pretty darn good and, if life is eternal, then this is the eternal life I want. I believe the God mystery is just that – a mystery which unfolds with every step on this path we are walking. The path began with a cradled baby in Bethlehem and I am told it is never-ending. That is good enough for me, how about you? Want to join me?