John 3:16 is a wonderful verse that has had countless sermons preached based upon its message. It says,
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God’s love has been emphasized in discussing this verse, and it truly shows God’s incalculable love for His creation. There is another aspect of love that is involved here, though, that I have not seen discussed. It is the aspect of God’s love in sending His son that enables men to love. The major purpose of the present creation is to provide an eternal solution for man’s free will and sin that results from man’s capacity to choose to do good or evil (I Pet 1:19-20). If God did not need to provide a solution for man’s free will and sin, then God could have started with the new earth and everything would have been perfect–except there would have been no solution for the exercise of free will that chose to say, “No!” Alternatively, God could have made men automotons that had no choice but to obey God, like a machine has no choice but to obey when you push a button. However, God wanted men who could truly love by choosing to love. He did not need billions of tape recorders telling Him how great He is. He wanted sentient beings that could of their own free will choose to love Him and hence obey Him (Jn 14:15). In order to make it possible for men to choose to love, God had to also create the means to pardon those that exercised their free will negatively and failed to love and obey. Since the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23), over eternity, God would lose His creation if there was to be no solution for sin that springs from free will.
When God sent Jesus, the Lamb of God (Jn 1:29), that died for the sins of the whole world, God provided an eternal solution for sin. Without that solution for sin, the creation would not even have been possible. God could not justly create beings that would sin and thereafter they would have no solution for their transgression except for eternal death. Therefore, God foresaw before the world was the problem of sin, and provided for it in determining that Jesus would die for sin, even before God created the earth. We can see, then, that Jesus’ sacrifice enabled free will, and as a result of enabling free will, His sacrifice enabled men to love as God desires. Jesus’ sacrifice enabled man’s ability to truly love. Had it not been for Jesus and His sacrifice, the creation and men that love God would not even have been possible. How matchless is the wisdom of God and His ways past finding out!