Opening Up the Best Known Verse in the Bible

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

The following diagram of John 3:16 was shared by James Montgomery Boice in a devotional called How Great Thou Art. It gives perspective to the simple and familiar words of the best known of all Bible verses.  It takes a black and white truth and paints it with vivid color.

You might want to read through it a few times over.

God ~ the greatest Lover
so loved ~ the greatest degree
the world ~ the greatest company
that He gave ~ the greatest act
His only begotten Son ~ the greatest gift
that whosoever ~ the greatest opportunity
believes ~ the greatest simplicity
in Him ~ the greatest attraction
should not perish ~ the greatest promise
but ~ the greatest difference
have ~ the greatest certainty
everlasting life ~ the greatest possession

Do you find yourself responding to one of the ‘greatest’ more than the others?  Why do you think that one resonates with you?

For you visual people—I tried, I really tried to make the ‘the’s line up, but like Ariel in The Little Mermaid it was hopeless, completely hopeless!!!




It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout.


  • Kelly, the one that touched me the most was “believe – the greatest simplicity”. Thank you for the fresh perspective on a familiar verse. And thanks for making me giggle with the Ariel quote. 🙂
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  • It’s the kiddos seeding my thoughts with lines from old Disney hits?. Currently viewing these gems with a third generation and enjoying them immensely.

  • I didn’t get past “God”. Here is Jesus – God in the flesh – on earth to sacrifice himself for us. Is he pointing to his own love and expecting us to acknowledge and appreciate it? No. He’s pointing to the Father. Glorifying the Father. Drawing us into relationship with the Father.


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