How can we be sure that God loves the world right now?
That’s particularly poignant question at the moment isn’t it? It’s been a tough year. We’ve had things given, and things taken away from us. We don’t need to go into Boris’ announcement that was made last Saturday do we?
Perhaps this talk of presents has been a sour one for you. Maybe they’re stuck somewhere else in the country - or maybe even in another country. Many of us won’t be seeing the family we were planning to this time last year. For many different reasons.
It’s going to be a Christmas unlike any that we’ve ever had before.
Maybe it makes you wonder whether God really does love the world right now?
Well, our passage this morning, shows us that we can be sure that God loves the world.
16 “For God so loved the world,1 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”