“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
God’s love is an astonishing kind of love.
God so loved the world. The world was not so big that it took a great deal of love to love it. The world was so bad that it took a special kind of love to love it. It is this special, divine, self-generated love that we embrace by faith in the Lord’s Supper.
We needed this special kind of love because we had sinned and were separated from God. This love reconciles us to God.
He gave his only Son. The great love of God gave his only Son, for His people, His children, for believers, for you. This table is for believers. For sincere, struggling, genuine believers. You will never know greater love. When you partake of the Lord’s Supper in faith, you are not only remembering that great love; you are receiving it.
Eternal Life. This great love of the Father never ends. Eternal life begins the moment you first believe. You are tasting eternal life now and it only gets better. This meal is a real taste, and a foretaste of life with the Father that never ends.
Come to the Father’s love, receive the Son by faith, and join with your brothers and sisters at the table of eternal love.