"For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God."
Every football season we see homemade signs hanging in the stands. And written on these homemade signs is John 3:16. And every football season my husband asks me, "What does that mean, John 3:16? Why do they do that?"
First, for Christians John 3:16 is the verse in the Bible that most concisely summarizes God's relationship with humanity and the way of salvation. And second, I believe that the simple scriptural verse citation drives people to the Bible so they can look it up. And if you already know what John 3:16 says - and what it means - you simply smile and say, "Amen."
When I see signs and banners at 21st century sporting events that say John 3:16 I often think of the early Christians and a time in history when it was illegal to be openly Christian. Sadly, 2000 years after the birth of Jesus, it still takes a lot of courage to be openly Christian and to wear John 3:16 on your eye-black like Tim Tebow.