March 8

John 3:14-17

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” vs. 16

Sometimes the gospel of John can be a bit disconcerting. Jesus sounds different, more divine than human, and we can have a hard time getting used to the change in voice. In this third chapter, for instance, what begins as a conversation with Nicodemus changes into what seems like a sermon intended for a congregation. It’s not that the words are upsetting, indeed, these are some of the most beautiful and uplifting words in all the bible. Most of us have them memorized! But in reality these aren’t the words of Jesus, these are the words of the Christ! Once we understand this, some of our misgivings fall away and we can begin to appreciate the powerful good news that John has for us. He’s not just writing the biography of an historical figure, he’s revealing the Word of God that was made flesh in Jesus of Nazareth. Here we see Jesus as the Christ, full of grace and glory, and we are invited to put our trust in him as the only Son of God. John, the gospel writer, knew that God has a deep and eternal love for the whole world, sinners and righteous alike, and he wants his readers to trust that in Jesus they can have life. It’s a beautiful message–one that will be cherished for all time–we are loved, now and forever! This is most certainly true!

Thought for the Day: Which is my most favorite gospel?

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