The Power of Only

Only baby jesus

While I’d like to say this most recent post is inspired by this year’s Easter celebration, it’s actually inspired by the final lesson of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. My wife and I are co-coordinators for our church, and the very last lesson is on the connection between building wealth and cheerful giving. In lesson, partially on video, Dave emphasizes this very critical verse:

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. – John 3:16 (NKJV)

Now I don’t know why this verse blew my mind in such a way during this Financial Peace University lesson, but the verse made me realize something very significant.  I never had this thought until then. Here’s what I realized:

When God saves the world, He does so in a way that’s much more concise and effective than anything dreamt up by mere humans.

What do I mean by that? If you’re not ready to be nerded out, please stop now. It’s about to get very nerdy. Now that you’ve been warned, here we go. If anyone is familiar with superhero, or sci-fi storylines about saving the world, they know the plot.  It almost always boil down to a long, convoluted quest. Whether it’s Harry Potter having to find all of Lord Voldemort’s horcruxes in order to save world. Or Goku having to find all seven dragonballs in order to save the world, the method is never simple and plain. And in many ways, that lack of simplicity and plainness takes away from those methods’ significance.

Related Post: Jesus died willingly because it meant saving you.

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God only had to have one son to do the powerful things throughout history. God didn’t have 6 sons, who all had to die on the same day.

He only needed one.

Written by Ben Baxter

My name is Ben Baxter. I am a husband, father, elder, engineer, and financial coach hailing from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I am a regular contributor of personal finance and career development topics for The Birmingham News / AL.com. I am also the owner/editor of the multi-authored blog, Baxter & Friends.