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March 10, John 3: It is assumed by many that the public at large knows this verse well enough that you can simply post the reference on a sign at an athletic event and the world will know exactly what it signifies. The premise of the passage is two-fold—God loves the world enough to risk the life of his only son, and if you believe in Jesus you will have eternal life.
The son is the light that shines into the darkness. Those who are evil will have their deeds exposed and placed under judgment. Those who believe will experience divine grace.
It is important to note that the passage speaks not just of personal salvation. John declares that God loves the world and God will save the world. There is both the personal and the universal present in the text. We can hung up on several points—one being the issue of condemnation.
Judgment is present in the text, but so does grace.
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God gets no pleasure in judgment. We can also hung up on the question of what it means to believe. Is it mere intellectual assent to theological propositions and creeds, or is it something more?
We could see this as a continuation of that discussion, or see it as an independent reflection. Could this be a sort of theological sidebar reflecting on what it means to believe and receive eternal life?
According to Fred Craddock, whose death we recently grieved, the reading for today is comprised of two units—unit one is found in verses 14 and 15, while unit two comprises the remainder of the passage. This light is the revelation of God, incarnated or embodied in Jesus, the son.
This light does two things: The question is—will it be received so that the world might experience salvation? Once again, in this there is both grace and judgment. Some will receive it as grace and others as judgment. A Comprehensive Commentary on the Lectionaryp.
In verse 17 John writes that God did not send the son to condemn the world, but rather to save it. That is the goal—reconciliation and redemption. Whatever salvation is, God wants that for the world. This passage can present problems for many Christians, especially those who consider themselves Progressives.
Because this passage is so linked to the idea of personal salvation, along with a particular view of the atonement which is not present in the text that many would rather move on and ignore the text, but could there be more to the story?
If we understand this engagement with the light of God revealed in the person of Christ, there is both judgment and grace. With Fred Craddock, I believe that both grace and judgment are found in this encounter. Now some amongst us will not be ready to receive grace, and thus judgment will fall more heavily, but on the world as a whole the promise is one of salvation.
The question is how and when will we receive this word? As we unpack this passage, which is rich in meaning we may want to consider the connection of belief to eternal life, for there is a connection here. What does it mean to belief that one might have eternal life?If there is one Sunday out of the year that presents unavoidable problems for preachers it is Palm Sunday.
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