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“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
Our oldest daughter Kiana (10) really likes the movie Frozen. Apparently she is not the only one that enjoys the movie, as it became the highest grossing animated film of all time. There were a couple of scenes towards the end that I would like to highlight.
There is a scene when Anna (the princess) and Olaf (the snowman) are locked in a room. Anna is quickly freezing to death after being struck in the heart by her sister, Queen Elsa. Olaf starts a fire to keep Anna warm. Anna tells Olaf, who is standing too close to the fire that he is going to melt. Olaf replies, “Some people are worth melting for.” We see in our above Scripture passage that people are “worth melting for.” The gigantic difference between Olaf and God is that Olaf was only willing to melt for “some people.” God was willing to “melt” for the world (everyone). How did God melt? “He gave His only begotten Son…” God’s Son, Jesus Christ, was willing to shed His blood and die on the cross for you.
The film comes to a climax in a scene as Anna sacrifices her life for her sister Elsa. Queen Elsa realized that this “act of true love” was the answer she had been looking for all along. This is an illustration of why God gave His only begotten Son. The reason is love. This Scripture in the gospel of John tells us, “For God so loved the world, that He gave…”
Three days later Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son, rose again from the grave breaking the power of death. I Corinthians 15 states, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
How can you have this eternal life? The answer is found within the above Scripture passage. “Whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Eternal life is available to “whoever” believes in Him. That includes you. Here is God’s gospel invitation for you to come to Him and believe in His Son.
You are worth “melting for,”