John 3:16 Day

March 16th is also known as John 3:16 Day. This day is held annually on March 16. Since March is the 3rd month and the 16th day to tie in with John 3:16 which is the 3rd chapter of the 16th verse of John. One of the most popular and well-known Bible verses.

John 3:16 Day

““For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
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“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His [e]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. | John 3:16 Day

The origins of John 3:16 Day are not definitively attributed to a specific individual or organization. It appears to have emerged organically within Christian communities as a way to highlight the significance of John 3:16 and its message of God’s love and salvation through Jesus Christ. As such, it may have been initiated by various churches, ministries, or individual believers who recognized the importance of this verse and sought to commemorate it annually.

John 3:16 is one of the most famous verses in the Bible, but here are a few lesser-known facts about it:

  1. Contextual Setting: While John 3:16 is well-known, its context within the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus is often overlooked. Jesus is explaining the importance of being born again spiritually.
  2. Greek Word for “World”: In John 3:16, the Greek word used for “world” is “kosmos,” (κόσμος) which can refer not only to the physical world but also to humanity, the order of things, or the realm of human existence.
  3. Eternal Life: The promise of eternal life in John 3:16 is not just about living forever but about experiencing a quality of life in a deep relationship with God.
  4. God’s Love for All: The verse emphasizes God’s love for the entire world, not just a select group of people. This highlights the inclusivity of God’s grace and salvation.
  5. Historical Context: Nicodemus, to whom Jesus is speaking, was a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish ruling council (Sanhedrin). His visit to Jesus at night suggests a sense of curiosity and perhaps even fear of being seen with Jesus.
  6. Foreshadowing of Jesus’ Crucifixion: John 3:16 foreshadows Jesus’ crucifixion, as it speaks of God giving his only Son, which points to Jesus’ sacrificial death for the sins of humanity.

These facts provide additional depth and understanding to the significance of John 3:16 in its context and theological implications.

The verse following John 3:16, which is John 3:17, is significant as it further elaborates on the purpose of Jesus’ coming into the world. In the NASB 1995 translation, John 3:17 states:

“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him.”

This verse emphasizes that Jesus’ mission was not one of condemnation but of salvation. It underscores God’s desire for reconciliation and redemption rather than judgment. It complements John 3:16 by highlighting the purpose of Jesus’ incarnation and his role as the Savior of the world.


We could actually do this for other Bible verses too. Use the chapter and the verse for that and find a good verse for it.

Hmmmm. Maybe we can come up with more Bible Verse days?

First published March 16, 2022. Last updated or republished March 16, 2024.

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