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John 3:16

In Psalms 95:3- David said God was Great and that is the theme of my message today. 
Psalms 95:3- "For the LORD is a Great God, and a Great King above all gods."

There is no end to his Greatness but we want to describe 12 things about our Great God from John 3:16.
John 3:16- "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".                                                                                                       
1- GOD.
God is Great in His love for sinners.
1 John 4:10- "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. The Greek word for propitiation is hil-as-mos' - "The means of appeasing". It means He became sin for us and became the only sacrifice that God would accept! Jesus took our sins on himself and bare them in his body on the cross. He paid the debt that you and I could not pay; in order that you and I could have a relationship with God that we do not deserve..

God is Great in His ability to pay for our sins.
1 John 2- "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world". God gave heaven's best for the worlds worse sinner.
 Isaiah 53:5-  "But  he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquites: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed".

God is Great in the scope of His Mercy.
God provided Mercy for our past sins, our present sins and any future sins we might commit.
2 Peter 3:9- "The Lord is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance". The sacrifice Jesus made on the cross included every person who has ever lived and every one who will live in the future.

God is Great in His unconditional Grace.
Grace is giving us that which we don't deserve!
Romans 5:8-9- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him". God didn't have a friendly audience to send his son to die for! The greatest act ever is to try and love the unlovely who hate your love and grace but God gave us redemption while we didn't deserve it and that is the meaning of Grace.

God is Great in providing the only acceptable sacrifice.
There was no other sacrifice that could pay the sin debt for mankind. Hebrews 10:4- "for it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins".  With Hebrews 9:26- "but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself".

God is Great in His invitation.
Romans 10:13- "Whosoever shall call upon the Lord shall be saved".

Rev.22:17- "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely". If you go to hell it will not be because you were never invited! You have a standing invitation that doesn't expire as long as you live or until Jesus comes for the redeemed at the rapture.

God is Great in the simplicity of being saved.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to exercise faith in God's plan of salvation. Jesus compared it to simple childlike faith. Luke 18:16-17- "But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein".

8- IN HIM.
God is Great in His Personality.
Eph. 1:19-20- "And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places". God set Christ up as the head of the Church and he makes intercession for them from the right hand of the Heavenly Father as our great high priest.  Hebrews 7:25- "seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them".

God is Great in Protecting His people.
John 10:28-29- (Jesus speaking)- "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand".

10- BUT.
God is Great in making a difference.
1 Cor. 6:9- "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?"
1 Cor. 6:11- "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

Eph. 2:1-2- "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world.....
Verse 4-6- "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus".

11- HAVE.
God is Great in Security.
Jesus said in John 5:24- "Verily, Verily , I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life".
Titus 2:13- "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing  of the  great God  and our Savious Jesus Christ;" In this verse he is called THE GREAT GOD in connection with being our SAVIOUR!

God is Great in Documenting our Position.
Colossians 1:14- "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins".
1 John 5:13- "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life,"
There are no worldly possessions worthy to compare with the saving grace of God. Those of us who know him in the free pardon of sin have the greatest possession of all!


These 12 greatest things found in John 3:16 have changed lives by the millions and the message from this verse has an endless challenge for sinners to know God in the free pardon of sin and for Christians to know where we came from as well as where we are going.

BY James Tyson Sr.