Most of us have read John 3:16 numerous times; many have it memorized. If we are Christian this scripture is the corner stone of our faith, of our hope. “Whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” This is our hope…our promise. Everlasting life with our Lord and Savior: even though our natural bodies will pass away, our souls, the very life inside each of us, and one day our resurrected bodies, will live for eternity with God.
But first He had to die.
The father’s son however had other thoughts. He would leave his sheltered home, hidden within the mountain walls and go down to the valley town. His purpose? To save the town: to free the people from the control of the evil one. This heartfelt endeavor, however, came at a great cost. His life. The young man’s father stood on the balcony high above the town, and wailed at the sound of his son’s cries as the town’s people beat him mercilessly. The father, consumed by grief, fell to the balcony’s stone floor and lay in the fetal position, as each and every blow, each and every cry clutched his heart. His son was ultimately stripped and hung on a tree to die, while the father cried. (The book does have a very happy ending, as you can well imagine.)