And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “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.“ 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. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”
Food For Thought:
The image of light and darkness appears in this passage. As Christians we are called to be people of light. How do you seek to shine light into the darkest places on earth? How do you see God’s light shining in others? How can the Christian community be a beacon of light?
O Christ, who is living water, who is deep calling to deep. You call us to carry hope to the hopeless, love to the lost, and water to the thirsty. Fill me with your love to overflowing that I may have a part in you and freely give it away. Amen.