16 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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 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. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 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.
I am passionate about addressing climate change. It is something I feel responsible for. Many activists talk of saving the world as being the goal, for the people of the future. And so it is.
But someone has already made the world right by fixing the broken relationship between people and the creator of this beautiful world. Jesus.
When Jesus brought heaven down, he came to help make the world right … with God. (v17)
Jesus is love. This passage shows God’s love through the person of Jesus.
Jesus coming to live among people showed the loving Father’s heart more than words to prophets or laws to obey. Jesus is the fulfillment of those prophecies and brought in a new commandment of love.
Jesus demonstrated his love by giving up everything he had with The Father and coming to live with us. He showed us what love is like, as outlined in 1 Corinthians 13. When I think about Jesus’ life and death, it represents the characteristics listed there: patient and kind (think of his meeting with the Samaritan woman); never bears a grudge (think of his loving restoration of Peter the disciple); doesn’t demand its own way; always wants the best for someone else (think of the miracles); never puts itself first (think of the cross); not jealous or proud (think of the temptation); doesn’t boast; isn’t rude; always hopes; never stops.
It is through his life, and death, that Jesus was “The Light”, exposing falsity, deceit and religious legalism (“the darkness”.) At the cross he submitted to being belittled, tried, condemned, tortured, killed so that we are not condemned if we believe in him (v18).
Dear Heavenly Father. You gave up so much in sending Jesus. When you were separated from your son in those 3 days it must have felt like agony. I thank you that Jesus’ life and death have cast out darkness in my life and for the promise this is for everyone in the world. Amen.
Written by Claire Moore