Only Begotten Son

For YOU (Good Friday Bonus)
JUST SHARING (from the “
Couple’s Devotional Bible”)
This article’s author: Nate Adams
Bible Passage: John 3:16-21

Key Verse: John 3:16

Jesus said: “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.”

I was shaving when I heard a crash in the bedroom. The full-length mirror that was leaning against our bedroom wall must have fallen. Then I heard Caleb’s scream.

I flew around the corner to see a zillion pieces of broken mirror on the floor – and Caleb, my 19-month-old, lying in the middle of it. Then I saw the blood.

The sight of my son’s blood overwhelmed me. I snatched him up and scanned his body. Though the glass had been scattered all around him, the only mark was a small scratch on the inside of his left ear. Only a trickle of blood flowed, so it was apparently more fear than injury that was forcing his tears.

The interesting thing about this little crisis is now I can’t read, hear or even think of John 3:16 without remembering Caleb lying in the middle of that broken glass. That most familiar Bible verse had become much too familiar, even trite to me. But now when I hear it I get a lump in my throat, thinking about what kind of determined, redemptive love could be strong enough to let an only Son cry out in pain on a cross.

A few months after Caleb’s accident, our second son was born. I no longer had an “only begotten son.” But as I experienced the joy of a new life and an expanded family, I realized in a fresh way that it was Jesus’ death that made it possible for the Only Begotten Son to have many brothers and sisters.

MARRIAGE BUILDERS

How does having children, of your own affect your perception of God’s sacrifice of his only begotten son?

How has sacrifice been part of love in your marriage relationship?

Additional Scripture Readings: Romans 5:8-9; Hebrews 9:20-28

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  1. Consider this —

    …Joseph …took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.” (Matthew 1:24-25 KJV)

    It does not say Jesus was Mary’s only child — being her firstborn could certainly infer that after Jesus’ supernatural conception (Matt. 1:23), she had a second child, third child, etc., as a result of her union with her husband Joseph.
    Joseph “knew her not” until after Jesus was born, but after that, Mary and Joseph did come together as husband and wife and children were born to them.

    Here’s another one —

    Referring to Jesus, the people of Nazareth said:
    Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James and Joses, and Simon and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us?” (Matthew 13:55-56)

    Four of Jesus’ ‘earthly’ brothers are mentioned. Sisters are also mentioned; and using the word “all” implies that there are at least three (“both” should be used if there are only two).
    If we figure this out, Jesus has four step-brothers and three step-sisters, making Mary the mother of eight children.

    Nakakagulat ba? Is what I am quoting* a blasphemy?
    Definitely no! For as you have SEEN, that is scriptural.

    ETO ang corruption:
    Mary lived all her life in perpetual virginity.
    This is a doctrine that was invented and taught by men about 300 years after the ascension of Christ, and finally approved by the Council of Chalcedon in 451AD gaining official recognition of Rome.

    It’s your choice what to believe —
    1. the Scriptures (the WORD of God) or
    2. the church of Rome’s invention (men’s CORRUPTION of
    the Bible). 😕

    Nahirati na lang kasi tayo sa nakagisnang itinuro ng ating mga ‘relihiyosong’ lider… WALAng pangit o bastos o masama kung nagkaroon ng sex si Mary at si Joseph — pareho silang TAO,
    at MAG-ASAWA!

    Huwag pairalin ang pride at tigas ng ulo. Mag-isip-isip…

    *click THIS for other reference.

  2. […] Kung bundok-hiking naman ang pag-uusapan, Laguna ang pinakamadali kong puntahan. Okey pa kasi ang tropical rainforest sa Bundok Makiling. Nangangaunti na kasi ang mga virgin (forest) natin. Buti pa yung nanay daw ng Diyos, forever birhen daw (huwag nyo na kasing ipagpilitan – walang masama o bastos kung hindi, may asawa sya. Off-topic, pero baka gusto nyo lang silipin itong isang ‘Bible trivia’ na hindi ipinaaalam sa inyo ng mga religious leaders nyo → “Isa lang?”). […]

  3. […] • Did Mary die a virgin? — […]

  4. Hi, this might be helpful
    http://www.amazingfacts.org/FreeStuff/BibleStudies/StudyGuides/tabid/105/Default.aspx
    look for the one called “keys to a happy marrige”.

    Thanks,
    Soriya

    ————————————————

    HBH: Hi soriya, thanks for visiting and for the link.
    That is indeed helpful,🙂 I included it in my blogroll of Christian websites — clickable on the sidebar at right.

  5. Hello…😉

    ————————————————

    HBH: Hello… yo!😉 😉


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