Gospel John 3:14-21

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

Jesus said to Nicodemus:  Just as Moses lifted the serpent in the desert, so must the Chosen One be lifted up, that all who believe may have eternal life in Christ.  Yes, God so loved the world as to give the Only Begotten One, that whoever believes may not die but have eternal life.

God did not send the Only Begotten into the world to condemn the world, but that through Christ the world may be saved.  Whoever believes in Christ avoids judgment, but whoever does not believe is judged already for not believing in the name of God’s Only Begotten.  On these grounds is sentence pronounced:  that though the light came into the world, people showed they preferred darkness to the light because their deeds were evil.  Indeed, people who do wrong hate the light and avoid it, for fear their actions will be exposed; but people who live by the truth come out into the light, so that it may be plainly seen that what they do is done in God.

The Good News as spoken through John.

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