APRIL 14. EASTER. WK. 2. WED. JN. 3. 16-21
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
‘God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost
but may have eternal life.
For God sent his Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.
No one who believes in him will be condemned;
but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already,
because he has refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son.
On these grounds is sentence pronounced:
that though the light has come into the world
men have shown they prefer darkness to the light
because their deeds were evil.
And indeed, everybody who does wrong
hates the light and avoids it,
for fear his actions should be exposed;
but the man who lives by the truth comes out into the light,
so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.’
Christ’s focus in talking to Nicodemus was to reveal the truth; - as this was the reason he came into the world; - and Truth was what Nicodemus was seeking!
In today’s reading Christ explains the “why” of God’s actions, which was very simple; - he was motivated by Love and, surprisingly, it was love for sinners!
Nicodemus had been told many things in this lengthy dialogue, much of which I am sure he did not understand, including the fact it was necessary that Christ be “lifted up”?
But if he was to understand all of what was to follow in Christ’s life; - and particularly the approaching Passion and Death, it was necessary he understand that Love was the motivation; - as if this lesson is understood, everything else “falls into place!”
Love was God’s motivation, Love was Christ’s motivation, and Love is meant to be our motivation, so as always, we are meant to learn from Christ’s dialogue with Nicodemus; - “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life!”
Christ goes on to warn of what happens to those who believe, and who do not believe: “No one who believes in him will be condemned; - but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already because he has refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son!”
So, the question becomes; - how should we respond to his love? The answer is we need to have a habitual desire to imitate Christ and to bring our life into conformity with his. This means we must ponder his life in order to know how to imitate him and behave as he would!
“The man who lives by the truth comes out into the light; - so it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God”
“I am the Light of the World, he who follows me does not walk in darkness!”-