Unpacking John 3:16

As you know, we’ve been digging deeper into the most well-known verse in all of the Bible – John 3:16. In preparatino for this week’s message, We Believe, I came across this quote and wanted to share it.

Rembrandts Christ at Emmaus

“While a painting such as Rembrandt’s Christ at Emmaus can leave us speechless, anyone who genralizes that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ has never tried to capture John 3:16 (a twenty-five-word sentence) in a picture” – Haddon W. Robinson, Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, p. 176 (emphasis mine).

Maybe that’s why it’s such a well-known verse. It carries the message of the entire gospel in just a few words. Unfortunately, it’s become such a commonly-known verse that some people don’t really stop to listen to the words in this powerful message of hope. That’s one of the reasons we’re slowing down these few weeks and taking a closer look at this beautiful verse.

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