From Pastor Johnny

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If You Were the OnlyOne

Jenny Brown is a grandmother who lives in Great Britain and likes to cook. She also enjoys entering her recipes in baking contests. World Magazine reported that one such competition was held several summers ago and was sponsored by the Wilmblington Sports Committee. Jenny entered her Victoria sponge cake in the contest.

After careful scrutiny and inspection, the judges rendered their decision. Jenny did not win first place. She was told that her cake had imprints from the oven rack. This would not allow her the first-place prize. Surely she came in close second….right? Poor Jenny missed second place too.

Third place is not so bad, so one might hope that this sweet grandmother received that prize. Unfortunately she did not win that either. What ranking did sweet grandmother Jenny receive? There was an article about her cake baking competition in World Magazine, so surely she won some type of prize. As confusing at it seems, Jenny won no prize at all…even though she was the only entrant into the contest. That’s right. She won nothing in a contest with no one else.

In the article a spokeswoman from the Wimblington Sports Committee remarked, “The judges had an expectation and I suppose they didn’t feel as though it qualified for the first place.” Jenny, as the only one in the contest, received no prize and no award at all. That might be bad enough, except for the fact that this is not the first time something like this has happened to her.

Jenny reported to the BBC that she entered a contest eleven years ago with some fruit scones. According to her interview, she was “the only entrant but I came in third.”

It must be tough to know that you are the only one in the event, but you get nothing for it. That begs the question: How would God have responded to you if you were the only one on earth who needed forgiveness from sin and salvation? If you were the only person on this earth, and you were in need of salvation and eternal life, would God have still allowed His precious Son to come to earth and die for you alone? The answer can be found in the pages of the Bible.

In 2Peter 3:9 the Scriptures read, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” While the Bible teaches that many will reject God’s offer of salvation, it does not please God that even one person dies without Him and spends eternity in hell.

In what might be the most famous verse in the world, John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever may believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” This well known, and well stated verse indicates that God has a love and concern for the world as a whole.

Taking both verses, among many others, we learn that God has a love for the world, but He also has a specific type of care for individuals. My conclusion is that God, unlike the judges of the Wimblington Sports Committee, would have

offered you the great gift of salvation – even if you had been the only one in the world.