This Sunday we find ourselves reading one of the most oft-quoted pieces of scripture, John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” A wonderful promise from God to us.
This is a passage that has provided a deep sense of comfort to many people over the ages. However, it is not a passage found in isolation. As ever we need to be mindful of the wider context that these words are found. How do the verses before and after John 3:16 inform our understanding of these words?
A reminder that this Sunday we will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion and it is Daylight Savings Time, so be sure to set your clocks.
Text: John 3: 1-17
Questions for Sunday
- How does the exchange between Nicodemus and Jesus make you feel?
- What is your understanding of John 3:16
Prayer for Sunday
Gracious God, thank you for sending your son to dwell with us. Thank you for your abundant love and mercy. It is a source of comfort that Jesus came and lived with us. That through him we are invited to eternal life with you. Amen.