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Sunday 15 March 2015 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

God sent his Son into the world that we might be saved through him

John came back to the notion of light, implied with the image of sight in 3:14. The ‘light’ of course, was God's Son. However, one cannot necessarily equate the presence of the ‘light’ to the appearance of the historic Jesus. In John 1, God's Word (another symbol for the Son) was the instrument of creation and existed in the world before the ‘Word was made flesh’ (John1:14). Abraham, Moses, David, the prophets, all heard God's Word. But the Word took definitive form in flesh.

Jn 3:16 Bible Quote: God sent His Son

So, the ‘light’ came into the world and existed with God's people throughout history. He revealed himself completely as Jesus of Nazareth. But throughout history, people rejected the ‘light’ because of the evil they did. In fact, these people feared the ‘light’, because it would reveal what they have really done. The truth would be known. But, those who are faithful, perform acts of faith and charity (deeds In ‘God’) because of their orientation. They have nothing to hide. They stand as if the final judgment had already occurred.

As a final note, Nicodemus came to see Jesus in the dark, fearing his fellow Pharisees. In his peers' eyes, such a meeting was dishonorable. Yet, Jesus spoke to him (and us) about true honor: faith. In the end, Nicodemus would step into the daylight to bury Jesus. He would perform not only an honorable act of charity (burying the dead), he would implicitly gaze upon the cross and see his true Master (see John 19:38-42).

A Reflection on the Gospel by Larry Broding