John 3:16 is probably the most often quoted, memorized and best-known verse in all of the Bible. It is so well know that all you have to say is, “John 3:16,” and most people immediately know what you’re talking about.
Part of its popularity, I believe, is due to its succinct and simple, yet comprehensive description of the Gospel.
In one sentence, 25 words (depending on the version you’re reading), we get the “who,” God and the world. The “why,” God loves the world. The “what,” so we might have eternal life. And the “how,” by believing in Jesus.
This verse is but part of a larger discussion Jesus had with a member of the Pharisees, Nicodemus. They talked of earthly things, like the wind. And of heavenly things, like being born again and light and dark and mankind’s propensity to hide from the light.
Jesus explained that people prefer darkness to Light because their deeds are evil. In fact, they hate the Light and stay as far from as they can, for fear of exposing their evil deed. But those who practice the truth come to the Light so that their deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.
I’ll be sharing from this discussion between Jesus and Nicodemus during this week’s Middays Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM each day.
Mon 07/19/21 John 3:1-3
Tue 07/20/21 John 3:4-8
Wed 07/21/21 John 3:9-12
Thu 07/22/21 John 3:13-16
Fri 07/23/21 John 3:17-21
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