Sermon by The Rev. Canon Patricia Grace
Sunday, March 11, 2018
“Jesus came not to condemn or judge us for these moments of soul-wracking discouragement,for the many times we choose anger and resentment over the better way of love and vulnerability. He came to offer us a way out of the discouragement of our souls…and being lifted up on a cross was the way it had to be. Because, as the early church fathers taught, the cross was the only instrument of death that would enable him to stretch out his arms wide enough to embrace the whole world. Look on me, Jesus says, and live.” From The Rev. Canon Patricia Grace’s sermon on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
The Gospel: John 3:14-21
Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “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. “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. Those 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. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But 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.”