"For God SO loved..."
Two little letters that explain so much. When reading or reciting John 3:16, it is easy to see how we can equate this phrase to mean, "God loved us soooo much that He gave His Son."
Rather, as John Piper states in today's reading of "The Dawning of Indescribable Joy" -
"“God so loved” means "God thus loved"" (page 40).
God knew what He was doing when He sent Jesus to earth Jesus knew that His purpose was to die for sinners (John 17:4). And this could only happen with sinless, self-sacrificing, pure love.
See You In The Round,