The Son of Man Will Be Lifted Up

The Gospel of today is taken from the last part of the conversation that Jesus had with Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. The chapter begins as Nicodemus comes to visit Jesus. He is curious to know Jesus better but is afraid of what the people will say; so, he comes at night. Jesus explains that his coming to earth is the expression of the love of God for the world (John 3:16). But to appreciate this fully and to participate in the life of God requires a second birth (John 3:3-8). In the part of the conversation we read today, Jesus speaks of a judgement that is taking place already. It is determined by the way people either choose to accept his light or to continue to dwell in darkness. He also speaks of his coming death as a “lifting up” through his elevation on the cross he will become a source of salvation for all those who believe.