Sunday’s Reflection: “But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God”. John 3:21
Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus leads into this passage about three related subjects: The Son of Man being lifted up, Eternal life, and Judgment. These three are so closely related as to be one theme, but we often treat them separately. We tend to memorize verse 16 and to disregard what goes before and what follows. The reason is clear. Verse 16 is positive and reassuring, and we delight in its message of God’s love and our salvation. Verses 14-15 link Jesus’ death to a rather odd Old Testament story, the meaning of which seems obscure. Verses 17-21 speak of judgment and condemnation, which makes them far less attractive than verse 16. We hear that which we want to hear, and we want to hear about love and salvation. We must help people understand not only the grace but also the judgment of this text. The grace has no meaning in isolation from the judgment. If we have no sin, we need no forgiveness. If there is no judgment, we require no grace.
Jesus’ saving work reveals a world in need of the Saviour, then and now. It is necessary for God to send the Son to save the world, it must be that the world needs saving—His love and His grace. Furthermore, the Son’s work is efficacious only if the world accepts the proffered salvation. John puts it this way in verse18: “Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God”. (Resources are from, Sermon Writer)
Prayer: God of grace, you know our struggle to serve you when sin spoils our lives and overshadows our hearts, come to our aid, and turn us back to you again; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Common Worship, A.C.C.
Vicar’s Note: We would like to remind all parishioners and worshippers of our church to continue sending your tithes, donations and/or offering envelopes to our church office. We are so incredibly grateful for your continued generosity and support to the work and ministry of our parish. For your pastoral care, prayers and/or spiritual counselling, please contact me at 604-591-8323 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLY WEEK at HOME: The most important week in the Christian calendar is arriving in just less than a month. Many of us will be observing it at home again. In addition to our parish online worship services, here are two options for complementing your Lenten journey with your family. If you have already planned the season, these resources are complementing or something for sharing too. Encouraging and equipping simple faith formation at home has enduring effect. Here is the link: 19 Holy Week ideas in 2021 | holy week, lent, faith formation (pinterest.ca)