Lent IV // Sunday, March 15 // Jim Jarrard Preaching
Sermon Title: Choosing the Light
Scripture Text: John 3:14-21
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
16‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
17‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’
Notes for Reflection
John observes that most people prefer the dark, as a way to hide, or to be anonymous. But we are encouraged to seek a life of light, or transparency, or authenticity, even if that is a little harder to do.
Why would we be drawn to darkness?
What would commend the light as a personal choice?