Tuesday, April 8, 2014 11:28 PM

April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 11:28 PM
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 11:28 PM

John 3:16-17

In August of 1945, an event occurred that history will never allow us to forget. Atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. History says that 90,000 to 166,000 died in Hiroshima and 60,000 to 80,000 in Nagasaki. Surprisingly it is said that only fifty per cent of those deaths occurred in the initial bomb blast.  The rest of the casualties were a result of what is referred to as ‘fallout’.  Fallout is the residual effects of the initial explosion and it is just as deadly as the blast itself.

So why discuss a subject so wrought with macabre in a devotional?  John 3:16 may very well be the most widely known verse of the Bible and it reveals the agency that God would use to impute eternal life on believers.  Although Jesus gave sight to the blind, restored withered limbs, and raised the dead, these acts were not the reason He came.  Verse 17 gives us the reason why Jesus came.  The other events were simply the ‘fallout’ of the presence of God the Son on earth.

As 21st century believers, we were not present at the initial appearance of Jesus but we should have the same affect on those around us.  Tending the hungry, naked, and homeless are noble causes indeed but we must not forget that the primary reason Jesus came was to provide salvation to the lost.  Likewise we must make the prime objective of our faith walk the sharing of the gospel with those who are sinners.  Our mandate is immense but not hopeless, for God loves the world and He gave provision to save the world, the sacrifice of His only Son.  At this time of the year let us not forget that our ‘spiritual fallout’ should have a potent effect on the world around us that draws sinners to the Savior. 

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