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22nd April 2020

By Anonymous - Posted on 22 April 2020

Lin writes:-

JOHN 3 v 16-21.

Before John was called to follow Jesus, he was a fisherman, catching and selling fish. We know he had connections in Jerusalem, it’s likely he sold fish there caught in Galilee. He was a man of two worlds. The rural North and the urban city of Jerusalem in the South. He stood out from most of the Apostles who were exclusively Northern, the only native Southerner being Judas Iscariot.

John was a cousin of Jesus and the brother of James one of the other disciples. At least five and probably seven of the twelve were Jesus’s relatives, though his own brothers remained sceptical until after the resurrection, when James and Jude not only became believers but wrote two of the books of the New Testament.

The closeness with John was evident at the cross when Jesus asked John to look after his Mother.

John was not only closest to Jesus, he was also the last surviving Apostle.

John 3 v 16 tells us the very essence of the Gospel. It is also one of the sentences in BCP communion in “Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all that truly turn to him”.

This text tells us that it was with God that it all started. It was God who sent his Son, and he sent him because he loved people. At the back of everything is the love of God, it tells us that the mainspring of God’s being is love. It is easy to think that God has no interest in non-believers, it’s easy to think of God as seeking allegiance of people in order to satisfy his own desire for power. The tremendous thing about this text is that it shows us God acting not for his sake but for ours, not to satisfy his desire for power, but to satisfy his love.

God is the Father who cannot be happy until his wandering children have come home. It tells us of the width of the love of God. It was the world that God so loved, not a Nation, not the good people, not only the people who loved him, it was the world. God loves the unlovable and the unlovely, the lonely who have no one else to love them, the person who never thinks of God as much as the person who loves God. The people who rest in the love of God, and those who reject him - all are included in this vast inclusive love of God.

God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love.

John 3 v 16. For God so loved the World that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Amen.

Lin Davies.