Thoughts: Verse 17 calls on us to see that the Son has been sent not to condemn the world but to save it. Thus as the serpent was raised in the desert by Moses, so Jesus becomes the means by which we are saved. But this salvation also has a secondary impact in that it exposes the darkness. Remember Nicodemus came to Jesus at night and here Jesus is reflecting on the fact that his (Jesus) presence is going to shine light into the darkness, and that while many will come to him, others will prefer to stay in the dark. For me this is an invitation for confession. To name the darkness in which I find myself entangled and then from the midst of that place to look to the cross of Christ for strength and forgiveness.
Questions: For God so loved the world.... This has been called the Gospel in a nutshell (John 3.16). Do you think it expresses fully the good news we have in Christ? What darkness in your life do you think needs to be exposed by the light of Christ? Would you be willing to pray for Jesus to expose that darkness right now?