Gar theos houto agapao kosmos hoste didomi autos monogenes huios hina pas pisteuo eis autos apollumi me apollumi alla echo aionios zoe. Gar theos apostello ou autos huios eis kosmos hina krino kosmos alla hina kosmos dia autos sozo.
You have probably seen these words many times, but not in this form. These are the English phonetics for the Greek words written over 2000 years ago. John 3:16-17, 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Sometimes as we look at the modern day translations of the Bible it can be easy to forget the words that were penned so we would have the privilege of reading them. They are living breathing words of God, meant to inspire and encourage us in life. They have been carefully preserved through our history. Not just one copy, but many copies, so many people could hear the good news. These words have great prominence in history and have validated other historical events. Their history tells us about God and His love for us. They are God’s words of hope to life eternal with Him. “For God so loved the world”, He didn’t just love one person, He didn’t just love one race of people, and He didn’t love just one gender……GOD LOVED THE WORLD. God didn’t want people to perish because of sin; He wanted them to live eternally with Him. But there was a price to be paid for sin, and that price was death. So people died to their sins. God provided a gift of eternal love and life everlasting; He gave payment of His son’s life for the price of sin. God had asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son as evidence of love for God. And Abraham willingly was ready to do so until God intervened. He stopped Abraham from killing Isaac, and God made a promise to Abraham that through him would come one to bear the sacrifice for sin. Jesus Christ did not come to condemn the world. He came to show how sin had taken root in the world and that through Him we could be saved. What God didn’t ask Abraham to do of his own son, God did with His son. He made a sacrifice for sin that we may all be able to believe and have everlasting life. Do you know God loves you? Do you know God gave up His son for you? And did you know His son could have stopped His own death at any time, but Jesus willingly died for you? Even mocked and ridiculed by others while he hung on the cross, Jesus had nothing to prove except His love for us. And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. And Jesus said, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.” Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.