An atheist, blaspheming in a certain market-place, challenged God to show His power by striking him dead within 5 minutes. The 5 minutes elapsed & following the tense delay, the man spoke to his audience, saying, “What did I tell you?"
An old lady standing by said, "Sir, have you any children?"
"Well," said the lady, "If one of your children handed you a knife & said, `Kill me, Daddy,' would you do it?"
"Why, no," replied the astonished man, "I love them too much."
"That is exactly why God did not strike you dead," said the lady, "He loves you too much."
- Moody Monthly (moreillustrations.com)
John 3:16 (WE): “God loved the world so very, very much that he gave his only Son. Because he did that, everyone who believes in him will not lose his life, but will live forever.”
“By the cross we know the gravity of sin and the greatness of God's love toward us.” - John Chrysostom.