Lent – Day 12: Tuesday, 2 March
16 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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Nicodemus had the amazing privilege of hearing these gospel words from the mouth of Jesus, who reveals to this secret visitor that he is God’s Son. Nicodemus had come to Jesus convinced that God had sent him. He had not twigged that Jesus had come from God. What a privilege for this night visitor!
Jesus is God’s one and only Son. Sonship in this case describes a relationship, not a descent. Both Father and Son were there from everlasting (as was the Holy Spirit).
When we read that Father God gave his Son, we should ponder on that word “gave”. Jesus the Son of God was not lent nor leased out with associated repayments by God, but given. God has placed his plan in someone who has taken on human form. His plan of salvation rests entirely on this man Jesus, who thirty years before, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and planted into the womb of a simple girl from Nazareth. Dangerous tactics, but how else can God reveal his love to us except by becoming like us?
God was watching out for Jesus – that’s why his family escaped to Egypt. That’s why he wasn’t killed when they tried to throw him down the cliff (go back to Day 9 and read on).
God kept Jesus safe for the day of his death on a cross.
How do you relate to Father God?
How do you relate to Jesus?
What was God’s Son doing at the beginning?
Why did Jesus die?
Are you offended or moved to action by Jesus’ words concerning what will happen to those who do not believe?
Father God, I will spend the rest of my life and the whole of eternity in thanks and praise for your gift of salvation in Jesus your Son, and for his loving obedience to you. Because of Jesus I am saved and not condemned. Thank you, Father. Amen.