John 3:16-18

There is no excuse for being an atheist. By creation alone we know that God exists and that He is supremely intelligent, but through the Bible we know that He is love, that He is family, that He is a Trinity and that He wants us to be with Him forever.  Everything we affirm about the Holy Trinity is based on the New Testament.

John is the evangelist who helps us the most to understand the mystery of God the Trinity. Jesus proclaims in chapter 10: “I and the Father are one thing” (Jn 10:30). At the last supper he replies to Philip “he who has seen me has seen the Father. The mission of the Son is to reveal the love of the Father (Jn 17:6-8).

By revealing the Father, Jesus communicates a new spirit “the Spirit of Truth that proceeds from the Father” (Jn 15:26). At the Son’s request, the Father sends each of us the Spirit to remain in us. The Spirit comes from the Father (Jn 14:16) and the Son comes from the Father (Jn 16:27-28). John underlines the deep unity between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Jn 15:26-27). The unity of God becomes the inspiration for the unity that must exist among Christians (Jn 13:34-35; 17:21).

Today’s Gospel is taken from the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a doctor of the Law who wanted to see if the message of Jesus was consistent with the law of God written by Moses. In this conversation we find the statement: God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son.

This statement can summarize not only the Gospel of John but even the entire Bible. God’s response to the rejection of the world was not a “weak indulgence, but a divine sacrifice.”

The love of parents is evidenced by the capacity of sacrifice for their children. God in his extreme love for the world makes the sacrifice of giving what is most dear to him and that is his own son. Jesus revealed this love of God with his words and actions, but especially with his death on the cross: “after having loved his own … he loved them to the end” (Jn 13:1). Jesus manifests his deep identity with the Father in love: “As the Father loved me, I have also loved you” (Jn 15:9). He says to us: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12).

God’s purpose is declared in sending his Son. God wants everyone who believes in his son to not perish but have eternal life: God’s motive was His love and the goal was salvation!