The following is an excerpt from the book “Earthly Reflections of Our Heavenly Father.” This particular segment is by Jim Probst.
“John 3:16 is probably the most common Bible verse in the entire world. I have heard the verse so many times that I become numb to its incredible truth. To my shame, I will tell you that I took this verse for granted for many years. Yet God used a significant life event to remind me of the incredible cost of this truth.
On July 19, 2002, my wife and I welcomed our third child Kyler into the world. I will never forget the day that he was born. I had secretly hoped for a son, but didn’t dare utter those words aloud. I had secretly feared that our third child would be deformed or disabled in some way, but I didn’t dare voice these concerns either. Why would I have the joy of three healthy children? Who was I to receive such favor from God?
My private fear turned to public faith the moment Kyler was born. There was no doubt in my mind that God had been the giver of this incredible gift! There was no hesitation to give thanks. But in the moments that followed, my wife and I felt compelled to take a photo that would capture our gratitude for the gift of our son and His.
Holding this perfect little child in my arms, I again reflected on the common truth of John 3:16. But this time I could not get past the simple phrase “he gave his only Son.” How did He do this? I was holding my third child, my second son, and I couldn’t even think about such a thing. Give my son? You’ve got to be kidding! Yet, God gave His Son with full knowledge of what He would be sent to accomplish. God not only gave His Son, He gave His Son out of His intense love for the world. He gave His Son that the world might be reconciled to Him. Could there be a greater sacrifice? Could there be a greater act of love?
As my wife and I contemplated the gift of our son—and His—we felt it would leave a lasting impression to take this photo with a simple message: “Love, God.” I’ll be honest with you. I’m not willing to give my son for a dear friend, certainly not for my enemy. Yet, God “proved his love in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)”
You can read this, and other stories as well,
in the book “Earthly Reflections of Our Heavenly Father.”
(Order a copy today. It makes a great Father’s Day gift!)