There’s no other verse in the Bible so well-known that it needs no reference to the Gospel it comes from.
For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
Sometimes I don’t see it anymore—the way one doesn’t notice the doors in one’s own house—and the long procession of Easters through the years have dulled the impact of the verse for me. It’s not something I would like to admit, but there it is.
A sequence of events, starting on Sunday night, led me to look at the verse in a new light.
I had gone to a concert by an underrated British indie band, Elbow. The band was so good I came back inspired by the songwriting, the vocals, the musicianship, the works. It is, to date, my most enjoyable concert.
At home, I sat at the tiny table next to the four-poster and logged into my computer. I clicked the iTunes icon on the screen and started listening to someone’s recording of his original soundtrack for our upcoming Easter production.
It was good.
How nice it would be if the soundtrack were turned into a song for the children in the Easter cast to sing. Inspired by Elbow’s poetic prowess, I set to work.
By Tuesday, the draft was refined. To capture the song, the smartphone was enlisted to record the tune on the Voice Memos app.
I pressed the red record button. The song was filed as a memo, nameless except for the time of the recording.
The time? 3:16 in the afternoon.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17