aid to them, “De- three days I will t has taken forty- ple, and will You of the temple of n He had risen es remembered m; and they be- he word which earts rusalem at the ny believed in gns which He mit Himself to en, 25 and had stify of man, sees named Jews. 2 This nd said to are a teach- n do these ith him.” im, “Most ne is born of God.” ow can a he enter omb and ly, I say and the of God. sh, and rit. 7 Do must be t wish- cannot goes. it.” Him, “Are now you, what Our ngs and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlast- ing life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not con- demned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, be- cause their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John the Baptist Exalts Christ 22 After these things Jesus and His disci- ples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized. 24 For John had not yet been thrown into prison. 25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifi- cation. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified— behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!” 27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testi- mony. 33 He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. 35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” A Samaritan Woman Meets Her Messiah 4Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His dis- ciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria. 5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Ja well was there. Jesus therefore, being ried from His journey, sat thus by the we was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman of Samaria came to draw ter. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 His disciples had gone away into the city buy food. 9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Hi “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a dri from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jew have no dealings with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If yo knew the gift of God, and who it is who say to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would hav asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Who- ever drinks of this water will thirst again, THE WILL TO LOVE John 3:16 Love is often misunderstood. It is not nearly as sentime would like to make it. It’s really a choice. An act of your hea will. You are about to leave the office and a client calls with Or you have just spent the day taking care of aging parent daughter is devastated over a broken date. Not exactly a t you want to invest in someone. Yet that’s when you are cal your will in gear and show love to another. Christian love—G of love—is a deliberate effort, and God gives you the grace t happen, starting right in your own home first. John 3:16 brings you back to the most important act of lo “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten So love went beyond human expectation. It wasn’t expressed out tion—it was an act of God’s will! God, You are the source of love. When I am too tired, too ag or too self-focused to extend kindness and compassion to my members—both little ones and big ones—Your Word and You ing guide me back to the priority of love. Always love. Amen. 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