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John 3:13-17

The Word of God

No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 3:13-17
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    • In our exaltation of the Cross lies the basic paradox of our faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that the suffering of Jesus brought us salvation, and that we are called to express this faith by joining our own suffering with His. I believe that doing this saves my suffering from meaninglessness and furthers the salvation of the world from suffering.
    • I gaze in wonder at the depth of God's wisdom and mercy, I adore the crucified Jesus and ask for a deep sense of gratitude in front of this mystery.
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    • In the cross of Christ is our freedom and birth to a new life. The Father generously gave us his own Son so that we might all truly live.
    • The cross is the icon of great faith, hope and love. As I gaze and contemplate Christ on the cross, I ask the Lord for his redemptive and healing love that embraces the whole world.
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    • If all the Gospels had been lost except the verse given here, ‘God so loved the world…’ (John 3:16), that alone would be enough to give hope to humankind! Here we have the heart of the Good News: the limitless love of God for us all, proved by his sending his Son to bring us home into eternal life. The rest of the New Testament is a commentary on this truth.
    • Let me spend some moments savouring the fact that despite all its pain, malice and sin, everyone, including myself, is eternally loved by God.
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    • God sent Jesus not to condemn us but to save us. I let the meaning of this truth sink in, recognising that Jesus reaches out to me that I may be saved. I admit, that in ways I do not fully understand, Jesus’ cross calls me to life by asking me to resist whatever reduces, diminishes or seeks to kill.
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    • When I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all people to myself (John 12:32). In the cross of Christ is our freedom and birth to a new life. The Father generously gave us his own Son so that we might all truly live. Do I deeply desire this life for all the world?
    • In his final ‘Yes’ of abandonment to the Father, Christ breathed out his Spirit on us, enabling us to be his witnesses and to love the teeming world as he does. Each person I see is a brother or sister for whom Christ died (1 Corinthians 8:11).
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    • In John’s gospel the cross reveals the vast breadth and width of God's love. It reverses all human values. Once a symbol of shame, it becomes the symbol of glory. The love revealed is not exclusive, for just a few. Rather it is a redemptive love that embraces the whole world. Equally it is a personal love for each and every individual whom God sustains in existence.
    • Lord, divine love doesn't count the cost; it gives liberally. True lovers offer everything to their beloveds. The cross is the icon of great faith, hope and love. As I gaze on the cross, may I be lifted up into all that is true, good and beautiful.
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    • It is so common for people to associate self-examination and guilt with religion but here we are drawn to the core: God loves us and calls us to life.
    • The cross is full of contradictions as we speak of it in terms of life, freedom and hope. I ask God to allow the contradictory message of the Gospel to have sway in my life.