Jesus – Eastertide Reflection 34

By Ven Rick Simpson

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Jesus – Eastertide Reflection 34

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Today’s Reading:

Jesus said, “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. 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. 16-17

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Reflection text:

Today’s reading includes one of the Bible’s best known verses:

Jesus said to a spiritual seeker: “God loved the world so much he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but live – forever.”

We are told we are loved. Loved so much that God gave his Son, which also means God gave his very self, so we might live. We know what that mission came to involve – not just living for us, but dying and rising for us. So that we might rise too; loved so much, and at such cost, that we might live.

What a difference it makes to know that we are loved.

Psychologists have grown ever more aware that the knowledge we are loved makes a difference from the very start of our lives. We know too that those who are unsure they are loved, for whatever reason, struggle to know and to feel that they are OK. Being loved and knowing you are loved is the bottom brick of well-being.

Beliefs about life that make love a socially useful by-product of the survival of the fittest struggle to help us feel OK and thrive. It’s pretty hard building a sense of self-worth on selfish gene theories. Good luck with that.

But Christianity’s understanding is that everything that exists, including each one of us, has love as its cause. God who created and creates IS love; our existence is due to love. And then our creator came in Christ to show us how completely we are loved – he not only made us, but came, lived and died as one us, that we might not perish but live.

It really makes a difference to know that. It makes a difference every day to know I am loved by God, as my maker and my saviour.

I chose today’s reading because it is the first in the Prayer Journal available online to accompany the Thy Kingdom Come Global prayer initiative, that runs for ten days from today – Ascension Day – until Pentecost.

Why not join with millions of us worldwide, praying at this time? There’s a link to the prayer Journal on this page. I’ll be using it – how about you?

And there’s also a link to the Thy Kingdom Come suggestion to pray for five friends. Why not join me in praying for five people you know who are not yet sure they are loved by God – loved deeply, completely. It’s a simple truth already that God loves them; but to know we are loved makes all the difference in the world, now and forever. So why not pray for five people, throughout these ten days of Thy Kingdom Come, that they might come to know they are loved?

“For God loved the world so much he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but live.”

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