Thursday, March 29, 2012

It's a Sandwich Thing

Have you ever paid attention to how the Bible is arranged.  Have you noticed the flow of chapters and verses within each book?  The Bible is the infallible Word of God, and every word was inspired by God. (2 Tim 3:16)  Take John 3:16, for instance. 
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  John 3:16
The most quoted verse in the Bible is sandwiched between two very different stories.  Before this verse we read about Nicodemus' encounter with Jesus, and after this verse we read about Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well.

Nicodemus, a very religious, well-respected Jewish man, came to Jesus alone at night, hiding.  The woman at the well was a disrespected Samaritan woman.  Jesus came to her in the middle of the day, out in the open for all to see.

These two people represent the whole spectrum of people in the world, from super-saint to super- sinner.  And sandwiched in between them was the Savior - John 3:16. 

Jesus lived and died for ALL.  The Bible makes it clear that none of us are righteous and we all are in need of a Savior. 

What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin.  As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;  Romans 3:9-10

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,  for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Romans 10:12-13
No matter where you fall on the spectrum of people, you are part of the world and Jesus died for you. 

Many blessings,

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  1. Great point! Jesus died for all of us, no matter what our past mistakes are. Great encouragement, Lisa.

  2. Lisa,

    I never thought of it like a sandwich before. So many people need to hear and know and understand that Jesus died for them, to pay for their sins because He loves them.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

  3. What a great post! A great sandwich indeed, with all the trimmings. Are we inviting people to the feast? I hope so! You just did :)

  4. That's good Lisa!