Sunday Devotional: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son

John 3:16-21

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Today is the fourth Sunday of Lent — the 40 days in which Christians pray, fast, and make special sacrifices in remembrance of how Christ our Lord was tortured, suffered, and died for our sins.

The abiding and perplexing mystery that has vexed theologians through the centuries is why the fall of Adam and Eve required the self-sacrifice of none other than God Himself in atonement.

Sin — every sin — requires atonement to make things right again.

To atone is to amend or repair (Oxford Dictionaries). The synonyms of “atonement” are amend, penance, payment, redress, redemption, expiation, propitiation, restitution, reparation, indemnification, recompense, and satisfaction (

The sin of Adam and Eve must have been so monumentally catastrophic that it tore the very fabric of the Universe.

Who can atone for this monumental sin?

Certainly no man (human) can, given that the sin was committed by the first man who, unlike subsequent humans, had been fashioned by God Himself, was unblemished with the stain of Original Sin (fomes peccati: an inclination toward evil), and had walked and talked with the Lord God:

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the evening….” (Genesis 3:8)

No human can atone for Adam’s Fall.

Only God can.

On this fourth Sunday of Lent, tell Him you love Him.

Jesus, I love You with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength. Thank you for suffering and dying for my sins, so that, if I choose to repent and believe in You, I may be saved and be with You, someday — forever.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


10 responses to “Sunday Devotional: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son

  1. Amen! Hallellujah!

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  2. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Sunday Devotional.


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  3. Thank You Jesus, I love You with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength. (ref Mark 12:30)
    beautiful devotional Dr. Eowyn

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  4. “May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


    And also with you.

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  5. The 4th Sunday of Lent is also Rejoice. Rejoice in the redemptive gift of the Cross. Rejoice in the Salvation only found in the Sacraments especially in the Real Presence, Body, ,blood, Soul and Divinity

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  6. God HAS NOT given up on the human race; Rather, it is a large portion of the human race that has given up on God!
    When Jesus Died on the Cross and Rose from the Dead, He DID NOT say, “See ya later.” He provided an Economy of Salvation, and He told His Apostles that He would send “an Advocate”—the Holy Ghost—to inform His Church and continue the work.
    To insist otherwise, that Christ was a “good moral teacher” whose work ended because He was Crucified, is to put forth a watch-maker or Deist God—a fictional “god” who would be no God at all.

    Sin MUST be confessed and amends made, whenever possible. My own problem, in addition to the sins I really cannot remember, are those confessed sins I cannot forget. And when one sins, and he does “x,” does he also commit other sins he does not even know he is committing? For example, a desperate man may decide to rob a liquor store. Now if during the commission of this robbery the man shoots the clerk, he knows he is guilty of homicide of murder. (A number of robbers, up to the 1960’s knew this, and would actually carry an empty gun, because they knew the electric chair would be waiting). But suppose the robber commits the crime, but does not know he has committed, say, menacing, or depraved indifference?

    In other words, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that when one acts, he is directly responsible for the consequences that follow from that act. But he would also be responsible for those INDIRECT consequences that follow from that act—indirect consequences not directly intended or forseen.
    In other words, if I commit a sin, in the heat of the moment, how would I identify those other offenses I cannot identify, even with sufficient reflection? In other words, I have suffered from a guilt problem called SCRUPLES. (Be careful about scruples, because this has driven a number of people insane).
    At any rate, the Prescription is clear: Take the entire problem to God, in prayer, and then Confession.
    This has been a life-long battle for me.

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  7. All Praise Be to God, and may the Peace of Christ Be with All on this site.

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  8. Your Bible’s translation leaves out a word, “begotten”—His only begotten Son. One of the Catholic liturgies refers to “very God of very God” (very equals true).

    There are other “sons of God—both angels and humans—but Jesus’ divinity sets Him apart. So it is important for translations not to leave out that word.

    I enjoy your postings. Please keep it up! Although I am a Protestant, I am very interested in the Shroud as well, and am always glad to see updates on Shroud research.

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