Reading: John 3.11-17
Today is Holy Cross day in most liturgical churches. It commemorates when the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was dedicated in 335 CE. The reading for today includes perhaps the most iconic line from John’s gospel. “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.” This verse has been repeated over millions of times. It is popular to recite as a evangelism tool, so much so that at sporting events people will make posters with the words “John 3:16” on them. But when it comes ti John 3, I prefer 3.17. “Indeed, God did not send the son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” I like this line better because it calls me to think about Jesus in more than one dimension. Just some of the questions I think of are, “What do I need to be saved from? What can I do to be part of Jesus’ saving work? How is do I let the world know it’s not condemned?”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, fill us with your love and make us ready to love the world in your name so that all people may know that we are not condemned, but saved. Amen.