In today’s ch. 3 of John’s Gospel we have the start of the teaching of Jesus – and how profound – and challenging are many of the verses. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” [v.16] Are the words too familiar?  Too simple?   Then in v.19 we read, “…  light has come into the world” And what is our reaction to the light?

Many know the saying – “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned …” [v.17,18]

Yes – “whoever believes” – but surely – belief must be shown by actions – not just words.  Jesus further said, “and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light …” [v.19,20]

What is the value (and the result) of the right reaction to the light?  Verse 21 gives us the answer – an answer that should inspire us and be a guiding principle in our lives.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

These are words to be memorised – and put into practice!  Are our “works … carried out in God.” In finishing, let our minds be drawn to the words of David we read in Psalm 139 last month!  Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” [v.23,24]

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