[Jesus said:] John 3:14 “And just as
Moses lifted up the serpent in the
wilderness, so must the Son of Man be
lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in
him may have eternal life.
John 3:16 “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.
John 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. 18 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. 19
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. 20 For all who do
evil hate the light and do not come to
the light, so that their deeds may not be
exposed. 21 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.”
In John 3:16, we touch one of the best
known and best-loved passages in the
Bible. Not everyone understands and/or
likes what comes before and after – the
imagery in vv. 14-15 is difficult for us
and the exclusionary tone of vv. 17-21
disturbs us today. The context of the
time of writing can be of some help.
for Audio discussion.
for text notes.