Their conversation is not only profound and poetic, but in the 21 versus of Chapter 3 we have the fundamental explanation of Christianity. Bang! Right there for us to behold, through the gift of John’s poetic language (even translated into English).
There are many major themes to discuss in the final 6 versus of John, Chapter 3. 6 profound, spirit-rattling versus that if we are open to them have the power to alter our lives forever.
Today, I would like to focus on the final verses (20-21):
“For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.”
Like all Christians, I have lived in darkness and light. In reflection of these periods, I see a pronounced difference between my feelings of peace and joy between the two ends of this spiritual spectrum.
Some of us can be trapped in the darkness for years, even decades. I recall Father Peter said during Lent that we broke his confessor record at my parish when someone told him it had been 44 years between visits to the confessional. It reminds me of the Gospel story of the man who was ill for 38 years and was healed by Jesus.
Friends, we do not have to live in the darkness of shame, guilt and regret. We do not have to isolate ourselves from our faith in God. The Easter message: He is risen! applies to you and me today, right now. John wrote it a few versus earlier in today’s reading:
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.”
The message of Jesus is not despair or condemnation. God sent Jesus to save us from ourselves, our egos, our free wills that “prefer darkness to light.”
Be saved! Love Jesus! Believe in him so that you may live in truth and come to the light.
Tomorrow, we celebrate the final class of the first year of a 26 week course That Man Is You. I plan to write a summary of my experiences and post it to a (to be) updated resources section so look for that this week.
I am grateful that this program found me this year. I have learned so much about my vocation as disciple, husband and father. I highly recommend it to all men, regardless of vocation. My life is a gift and thanks be to God for it.
My prayers for you and your intentions. God bless you!