John 3:14-21

I want to ask you, do you love God? ~ Of course.

Give me the proof that you love God. ~ Let me think.

I’m going to ask you the easiest questions:
Does God love you? ~ Of course.
Give me proof that God loves you. ~ Many, many, many

Today we are going to meditate on the greatest proof of God’s love for us.

When the people of Israel journeyed in the desert, they complained against the Lord. God punished them for their stubborn and rebellious hearts by sending a plague of poisonous snakes. They repented and cried to the Lord for mercy, and God instructed Moses to make a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole. The only way to escape from the death was to believe in the word of God and to look up to the brilliant serpent set on the pole. Jesus said to Nicodemus that as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must he himself to be lifted up on the cross as salvation for all those who have faith. Christ himself die for our sins in order to save us.! We can raise our head and look on high or we can look down to the ground and remain in the desert.

God has loved the world so much, that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life. God has loved us so much, to the point of seeing his Son die! A God capable of a perfect judgment sends the Son not to judge, but to save. Only the One who loves can “judge”; that is salvation. He knows the fragility of the human heart and knows that his image, which has been darkened, has the possibility to return to be clear, it is not necessary to make it anew. Condemnation does not belong to God, it is man’s choice. Not to believe in the name of the Only Begotten Son: this is already a condemnation, because he who does not accept love excludes himself.

~Fr. Chesco