“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God. “This, then, is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.”
Jesus continues His discussion with Nicodemus, the Pharesee who came to talk to Him under the cover of darkness one night.
Jesus had already stated to Nic that what he needed was to be born again-to be born of the Spirit. In unpacking this idea, Jesus refers to an event that happened in the Old Testement (Numbers 21:4-9) where the Israelite Nation, while traveling from Eygpt, back to their home in Canaan, were plagued with poisonous snakes. God had show Moses, their leader to cast a snake image on a tall pole and to erect the image. If someone was bitten by a snake, they could look up at the bronze snake image and would be healed. Jesus told Nicodemus, that when He was lifted up (on the cross), He would, like the snake on the pole, draw people to Himself and provide healing from the poisonous sickness and death that comes from sin!
Then Jesus, for the very first time, spoke the most beautiful, beloved and often quoted verse in the Bible, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” We can say it this way: “this is how much God loved the world …”
He continues with this thought as He finishes this passage, “Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.”
He finishes by saying that failure to see and recognize the Light Who’s come into the world is what brings judgement and death (vs 19-20 & John 1:4-10).
Jesus concludes by assuring Nic and us that everyone who loves the truth “comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.”
Jesus’ light exposes both good and bad. If we believe in Him and look to Jesus to remedy our sin and give us life, we live in the light.
Be a light-lover and luve in the light of His goodness!
Think about it!