16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
Whenever we read this passage, we normally stop right here at verse 16. Today we will be looking at verses 17-21:
17 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. 18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 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.”
We know that the Word became flesh and the Word was with God and the Word was the Light of the world and that Light is Jesus. In the beginning when God created the heavens and the Earth, it all began in darkness just as we did. But just as He did then in speaking light in to being, He saw us stumbling around in our darkness and He sent His light to brighten our path. What we see here is not just that God loved us. We see that we loved darkness. God gave us His Son and what we did was snuff the light out like a candle because we love darkness.
Today, like our President said, we sit amid pandemics: #BlackLivesMatter #STOPGBV #COVID19 #SAVETHEEARTH; all of this because of our love for the darkness. When will it end? We are crying out to God to do something to help us, to save us, forgetting that He already did when He gave His only Son so that we can live. We see even today how much our human nature yearns for darkness; we choose it every chance we get. In Deuteronomy 30:19-20, way before God sent His only Son, He says these words to His people:
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying His voice and holding fast to Him, for He is your life and length of days.”
Jesus later comes and says in John 14:6,
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The only way out of our darkness is with the Light. God encourages us to choose Life so that we and our children (our own children, school children, all children) may live. What is clear today is that Jesus is the only One that can save us.
Choose the light. Choose Life. Choose Jesus.