From a Creighton Student's Perspective
April 18, 2012
Freshman, Journalism Major
This is arguably the most famous sentence in the Bible. I’ve seen thousands of bumper stickers and even signs in certain store windows that read “John 3:16.” But why is this specific quote so popular? I think this verse gives us a summary of the absolute perfect and greatest gift we as believers have received –the gift of Jesus. God sent his only Son to suffer and die. Whether we’ve seen this in our own lives or have watched it from a distance, a parent watching his or her child die or go through suffering is heartbreaking and painful. Jesus did not die for a certain group of people, but for all of humanity, for all of us sinners. God deemed that we were important enough to him that he was willing to lose his son to save our lives. The gift of Jesus is truly a remarkable gift.
Today’s Gospel also reflects on the symbols of light and darkness; the light stands for good while darkness stands for evil. Jesus is the light of world and the Gospel calls us to “come to the light” so that our “works may be clearly seen as done in God.” We can use the examples of the Apostles from today’s reading. They were called to spread the Gospel, but the high priest put them in prison, a place of darkness. During the night, the angel of the Lord released them into the light and they continued to preach the Gospel. Although God is there to guide us to live and love with him, it is certainly difficult to remain in a place of light especially since the world around us is oftentimes a place of darkness. It is our challenge as people of faith to let God help us live in the light and to remove obstacles of darkness from our lives so that we may remain in that light.
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