In the National championship game of 2009 when Tim Tebow wore the John 3:16 in his eye black over 90 million googled John 3:16 just to see what was going on there. That is an incredible reach! All those people let curiosity get the better of them and they opened themselves up to a part of God’s word. There truly is something about John 3:16. It the gospel in the nutshell.
Chapters and verses haven’t been around all that long in the Bible. When the Bible was first written there were none. Each book was whole except for the Psalms, but they are not chapters they are psalms. The earliest chapters seem to come into play around 1227 A.D., verses in 1551, and in the English translation 1560. But really that is not what this blog post is about today.
I would like to focus on 3:16. The scarlet thread of redemption runs cover to cover in the Bible. Some places more evident than others. What I like is how we can really trace it through the use of 3:16. Using John 3:16 as a guide let’s look at some of the other 3:16 verse and how they line up with the thought.
Genesis 3:16 gives us the first promise of the coming savior.
Exodus 3:16 shows us that God sees what has happened to man. While he saw what Israel was going through in Egypt, He has also seen what sin has done to the human race and why it is we need a savior.
Leviticus 3:16 is part of the peace offering. The peace offering was to symbolize the fellowship and peace between God and the true worshiper. Only achievable through the work of Jesus.
Joshua 3:16 we see the Jordan River being parted. The Jordan is symbolic of death and it went all the way back to the city of Adam. Eternal death brought by Adam’s sin stopped by an act of God.
Ruth 3:16 redemption! Naomi knew that a woman had entered and recognized Ruth, the question wasn’t who came in but who are you: Ruth the Moabitess or the Future Mrs. Boaz? That’s grace!
2 Kings 3:16 deliverance in a way only God could do. But it took faith on Man’s part to follow through on what God had commanded. Just like we must believe in Jesus and his work.
Ecclesiastes 3:16 under the sun is anything less than Jesus and his perfection. All below him is corruption. The need is therefore great.
Daniel 3:16 here we find Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in their trial, and the 4th man appears to deliver them because they had faith in God to deliver them one way or the other.
Joel 3:16 tells us that God is the hope and strength of His people.
Zephaniah 3:16 the Lord casts out fear with His presence in their lives.
Matthew 3:16 the Spirit descending on Jesus foreshadowing His arrival to those who accept Jesus as savior.
Mark 3:16 Peter got a new name just like we get a new name from God when we are saved, (Rev. 2:17).
Luke 3:16 promise of receiving the Holy Ghost.
Acts 3:16 the healing of the cripple showing the healing of our crippled souls through the power of Jesus’ name.
1 Corinthians 3:16 cut and dry once saved the Holy Ghost moves into us and stays!
2 Corinthians 3:16 the opening of our minds through the work of the Holy Ghost.
Ephesians 3:16 our spiritual strength comes through the indwelling of the Holy Ghost.
Philippians 3:16 the need to now walk in harmony with God.
Colossians 3:16 learning how to walk in harmony with God.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 peace, by and through the Lord.
1 Timothy 3:16 preaching the gospel.
2 Timothy 3:16 it all comes from God so use it.
2 Peter 3:16 checking up, are you growing in the Lord?
1 John 3:16 plainly said Jesus laid down his life for us.
Revelation 3:16 warning to make a difference.
Are we carrying the gospel forth for others to hear, learn, and grow from?
Don Stewart: Why is the Bible divided into chapters and verses? VIA Blue Letter Bible