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For God So Loved You

• Greg Boyd

Jesus was born and we celebrate this fact because God loved the entire world. We also celebrate Christmas because God loves each one of us in a specific way. God so loves the world and God so loves you individually that he sent his son.

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“For God so loved the world” (John 3:16), is something that is proclaimed endlessly. However, we rarely talk about the reality that God so loved each one of us. This is a message that can be found in the book of John, which does not actually include a narrative of Jesus’ birth. Instead the gospel opens with a cosmic announcement of who Jesus is, as the Word, the God of the entire world. However, this great and cosmic God becomes a particular human being at a particular time and place. The all-powerful becomes specific, becoming weak and vulnerable, going as far as possible to express the true nature of God to all that is not God.

In the midst of this particular experience, Jesus ministers and loves particular people. He does not merely love the entire world, he loves specific people in specific ways that meet their needs. God’s love is not theoretical or abstract. God’s love through the coming of Christ is unique for every situation and every specific person. God does not merely love the human race, he loves you in a one-of-a-kind way.

All of us need to embrace the reality that God loves us in a unique way that cannot be repeated, as if we are the only one that God loves. If God’s love is infinite, then it cannot be expended. There is more than enough divine love to extend to every person in history in a specific way where each person actually experiences that love as if he or she is the only one who is loved by God. God loves each person in their uniqueness, not just because each person is part of humanity.

Jesus was born because God so loved you, because He wants an intimate relationship with you in your specificity and your particularity. When we allow this love to get us, we will be transformed out of the things that hinder our lives from being what God has called us to be and it will empower us to be free to share God’s life in the midst of the world.

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Topics: Christmas, Love

Sermon Series: Illuminate

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Focus Scripture:

  • John 1:1-5; 14

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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3 thoughts on “For God So Loved You

  1. Mary says:

    Woodland Hills Church will forever be my home church, even though I am now in Washington. Thank you for the Word today, and thank you for continuing to help me see Jesus more clearly❤️❤️❤️ All my love, Mary

  2. Rhonda Mallows says:

    This sermon reminds me of this poem i once wrote.
    You dont want me for anything but myself. You see me coming and run to me and kiss me over and over and i look at your head full of joy, I know, you want nothing from me but me.
    What love is this, it is not in man, our Jesus Christ behold the Lamb. You never wrong me I wrong you. I dont have a bar of you for weeks and i talk behind your back, you know my sin. I am not faithfull to you one iota, yet You see me coming and run to me and kiss me and hug me over and over and when i look at your head full of joy I know, you dont want anything from me but me.
    Such love invades the darkness, repentance the gift of God . Who? in an infinite lifetime would get killed to spare me the rod, and say, I love you dont you get it?
    You kiss me over and over, I look at your head full of joy and know, You want nothing from me, but Me.

    1. Paige Slighter says:

      Thank you for sharing Rhonda.
      – Paige from the Communications Team

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