EX 34:4B-6, 8-9 2 COR 13:11-13 JN 3:16-18
Today’s Gospel is a short one, so I’m going to repost it here
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
It’s also one of the most famous parts of the Bible. It has become a common occurrence to see “John 3:16” at sporting events, t-shirts, and all about town. I live in the South. Jn 3:16 is big here, and it should be. If someone asked me to explain Christianity to them, this is where I would begin. “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.”
As a mother, I recognize that that is an astounding statement. That’s a breadth and depth of love that I cannot comprehend. While there are a handful of people I would die to protect, that I would give my own life for, I cannot think of a single one for whom I would sacrifice my child.
I love my children with a mad depth of emotion that I struggle to put into words. They are my heart and my joy. How could I ever send them into the jaws of pain and death? And yet that’s what God did for us. He sent His Beloved Son to suffer and die for us. That’s how much He loves us. He sacrificed His Son for us.
I’m just going to sit here and ponder that a while.