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 John 3: 11 — 21

Trinity Sunday     Year A

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11    Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify
        to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony.

12    If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you
        believe if I tell you about heavenly things?

13    No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down
        from heaven, the Son of Man.

14    And just as Moses lifted up (5) the serpent in the desert, so must
        the Son of
Man be lifted up,

15    (6) so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

16    For God so loved the world that he gave (7) his only Son, so that
        everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have
        eternal life.

17    For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn (8) the
        world, but that the world might be saved through him.

18    Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever
        does not believe has already been condemned, because he has
        not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

19    (9) And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but
        people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.

20    For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does
        not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.

21     But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works
         may be clearly seen as done in God.

 

(5) [14] Lifted up: in ⇒ Numbers 21:9 Moses simply “mounted” a serpent upon a pole. John here substitutes a verb implying glorification. Jesus, exalted to glory at his cross and resurrection, represents healing for all.
(6) [15] Eternal life: used here for the first time in John, this term stresses quality of life rather than duration.

(7) [16] Gave: as a gift in the incarnation, and also “over to death” in the crucifixion; cf ⇒ Romans 8:32.

(8) [17-19] Condemn: the Greek root means both judgment and condemnation. Jesus’ purpose is to save, but his coming provokes judgment; some condemn themselves by turning from the light.

(9) [19] Judgment is not only future but is partially realized here and now.

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