John 3: 11 — 21
Trinity Sunday Year A
11 Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify
12 If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you
13 No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down
14 And just as Moses lifted up (5) the serpent in the desert, so must
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
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn (8) the
18 Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever
19 (9) And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but
20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does
21 But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works
(5)  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.
(7)  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)  Judgment is not only future but is partially realized here and now.
Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition