REFLECTIONS ON JOHN 3:16-21 - ELIZABETH WALLINGFORD, ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, OKLAHOMA CITY
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
God sent his only Son, the Light, into the world to save it. He was not sent to condemn it, but to love it. He was sent to bring light to the world. Seeking the Light is seeking truth. Believing in Jesus brings eternal life and light through God.
Dear God, thank you for the Light you provided through your one and only Son, Jesus, Amen.
Submitted by Elizabeth Wallingford, St, Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City
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