Lent 2 :: Rainbow Wigs?

John 3.1-17

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Jesus & Nick at night.

“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 3.17]

Have you seen any rainbow wig wearing characters hoisting up a sign that reads “John 3.17” lately? I thought not. Of course we used to see such people carrying signs saying “John 3.16” at most major sporting events a decade or more ago. But never anyone telling us to look at the following verse.

Who doesn’t love that earlier verse? “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." Sounds nice, huh? Knowing that God doesn’t want those who believe in Jesus to perish? Who wouldn’t like that? Oh yeah. Those who may not believe. Hmm. Does that mean they are doomed? Does God not love them? Did God not send God’s Son to them as well?

That’s why it is important to add verse 17. We all need to hear that God did not send the Son [Jesus] to condemn. God sent Jesus to save. And as much as those who may not believe need to hear this, seems that those who do believe need to hear this even more. That way we can quit trying to pass judgement on the others. If Jesus wasn’t sent to condemn the world, what makes us think that the job falls to us?

Link to RCL Lectionary for the Second Sunday in Lent, Year A

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