“God’s love was revealed to us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (I John 4:9-10)
As I have been traveling around recently visiting our “homebound” members, I have been sharing with them in our devotions and communion time together the above words from First John. (Actually we have shared some of the surrounding text as well: I John 4:7-12, which is Scripture food for everyone. And I should also tell you that our members that I visit are so very grateful to be remembered by our congregation through visits, cards, flowers, calls, etc.).
But as we share this Scripture in our visits, I tell them that these 2 verses, in particular, could be called “the Gospel in a nutshell.” This is truly the “good news” of Jesus Christ in two tiny verses! These 2 verses tell us who God is and what God’s intention is toward us, why God sent Jesus, and who our Savior is. Whenever I read them, they give me joy, because I know that it is not through any work or action of my own that I have received acceptance and forgiveness from God, but only through God’s action in Jesus.
As I consider this in light of the upcoming call phase in URLC’s transition process, my hope is that God is even now preparing a pastor for you who also knows this, and that God will lead that person to you and you to them, and that you will remember that you already have a Savior in the person of Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God.
The peace of the Lord be with you always, Pastor Susan <><