Today’s Gospel Reading: John 3:16-21 – 2nd WEEK OF EASTER: Wednesday, 1 May 2019
This one short verse comprises the whole Gospel in miniature. Filled with love for His people, God willingly sacrificed His only Son to redeem us. God’s love becomes even more evident when we consider our sinful condition. As John stated very plainly, we were condemned and destined for death. Subject to our fallen nature, we tend to prefer darkness to light (John 3:18-19).
The good news of the Gospel is that our Father in heaven loves us deeply enough to pay the highest of prices to win our freedom. Jesus, the light of the world, came to expose the darkness in our lives and offer a path to redemption. Some respond in love and are freed from sin and death. Others reject Jesus. Even so, Jesus’ light continues to bring life to all who believe in Him.
There are many ways we can be subject to darkness. Sometimes, old memories stick in our hearts and create resentment and bitterness. Sarcastic words can flow too easily from our mouths, or we may be quick to point out others’ faults. Do we sit in judgment over others’ weaknesses or differences? Do we envy the fortunes of others? Does our insistence on having our own way sometimes cause us to be irritable and resentful?
The light of our Savior exposes sin in us – not to condemn us, but to lead us to the Lord for healing and forgiveness. The gift of repentance can transform our hearts. Seeing our need for Jesus’ light, we can come to know the magnitude of the love of God through His unending mercy. This love can grow in us, from a small stream into a mighty torrent. Our Father wants His love to flow through us so that we can be a grace to others. Condemnation can give way to mercy, hatred to compassion. Let us ask God to open our hearts to His healing love.
Jakarta, 1 May 2019
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