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By: Pastor Bill Muir

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Most of us have seen John 3:16 painted on a bed sheet at a football game, or written on a cardboard sign held up by a man on a busy street corner. It’s easy to miss that John 3:16 was first spoken to a very, very religious man.

Jesus didn’t shout about it at a secular man drinking a beer at a football game, but to a man who spent most of his time in highly religious circles. Jesus didn’t say, “You must be born again,” to a person at a night club, or yell it from a street corner at people crossing the road. He said it to a good, religious, devout man.

I think that was because Jesus knew that religion or good works would never get us into heaven. Sometimes, the person who is relying on their good works is closer to hell than heaven. A hard truth that Nicodemus was struggling with, along with most of us.

Paul, another religious man, wrote it this way in Philippians chapter three: “ 8  Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ  9  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.

Don’t let your religion, religious accomplishments, or religious activity get in the way of your relationship with Jesus. Don’t let your religious accomplishments stop you from inheriting ‘eternal life.’

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