March 26, 2012

John 3:16-21

16 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. 17 God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him isn’t judged; whoever doesn’t believe in him is already judged, because they don’t believe in the name of God’s only Son.  19 “This is the basis for judgment: The light came into the world, and people loved darkness more than the light, for their actions are evil. 20 All who do wicked things hate the light and don’t come to the light for fear that their actions will be exposed to the light. 21 Whoever does the truth comes to the light so that it can be seen that their actions were done in God.” (CEB)

Many of us are familiar with vs. 16 but how often do we keep reading to see God's desire to reconcile the world to Himself. I wonder if it's not about avoiding judgment as much as it is about receiving a judgment of mercy. Mercy that we have freely received can also be mercy we can freely give. What does salvation through Christ look like to you? How does/has/should it effect the way you live?

What do you find meaningful, confusing, or challenging in this passage?