Today’s Gospel Reading comes from a conversation between Jesus and one of the Pharisees, Nicodemus. Nicodemus came to Jesus to seek some of His wisdom because he recognizes Jesus’ anointing as one that is given by God.
In their conversation Jesus tells Nicodemus that the Son of Man has come to save the world and bring the people of the world to God. He explains that God sent His Son to the world as the ultimate act of love so that whoever believes in the Son may be born again and live life eternally. Jesus takes the Gospel of who He is and explains it to Nicodemus in a way that is so simple yet holds the whole message of Jesus’ love and sacrifice.
Jesus could have easily dived into the Old Testament scriptures and completely unpacked them for Nicodemus, because Nicodemus would have studied the scriptures and known what He was talking about. Instead, Jesus summed up the Gospel, in the part of the conversation that has been recorded, into a verse that speaks of God’s action, as well as intention, in sending His Son as His ultimate love and what our response to that act can be.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16