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Thought for the weekend: A code to lift you to God

By Rev Gareth Burke

Recently I had arranged to meet a friend in his office. Arriving at my destination I was faced with a choice: Do I climb five flights of stairs or do I take the lift? I can hear you screaming at me, 'Take the stairs'.

So often nowadays when we are standing waiting for a lift a sign posted nearby will try to dissuade us from taking the easy option and, instead, will point out to us that 'taking the stairs' is by far the better choice in terms of our health and fitness.

I have to confess to you that I took the lift. At least I tried to. I got in, shut the door and pressed the button. Nothing happened.

Somewhat agitated, I tried again but still nothing happened. It was then I noticed that just above the buttons there was another little gadget - a keypad. You needed a code.

Rather sheepishly I withdrew form the lift and opted for the stairs.

On recounting this story to my friend he kindly informed me that on my next visit I should just use the lift. "The code is easily remembered," he said, 'it's 4316." Now take a look at that code and see if you can see why it is easily remembered. Have you cracked it?

The 4 stands for the Fourth Gospel - John. The 3 stands for the third chapter in John's Gospel and 16 stands for the 16th verse in the third chapter. It's John Chapter 3, Verse 16. This is perhaps the best-known verse in the whole of the Bible:

"For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Isn't this verse just amazing.

Here we are, you and me, born into this world as sinners cut off from God.

God, just because He loves us, takes the initiative and sends His Son into the world to save us from our sin.

It's just amazing. It's a gift - the gift of salvation that God is offering to us.

This gift can be yours today if you reach out to Jesus in faith.

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