John 3:16, Homily, Euch. Service

John 3:16

When I think of this Gospel from John 3:16, I am struck with two memories. The first memory is of Rainbow Head, the man who used to show up at sporting events with a large white Afro wig that had every color of the rainbow streaked through it. He would locate himself so that every camera covering the event showed him in the background.

He stood as a solitary figure holding a white placard with John 3:16 written on it. This was his way of spreading the good news. Somehow his attempt at witness backfired. When I saw him, I was to remember John 3:16, but in fact when I see John 3:16, I think of Rainbow Head, rather than Jesus. A number of people pointed this out and he stopped.

The other memory that comes to mind is the question, “Wasn’t God the Father being cruel for allowing His Son to be killed for the sake of all of us”?  Am I the only one who has considered this?

The answer has to do with the fact that the Father did not kill the Son. He allowed Him to be put to death for the sake of all the other sons and daughters of His creation. And, more importantly, Jesus arrived at the decision to allow His life to be taken for the sake of us, His brothers, and His sisters.

Jesus had spiritually matured to the point (level six on the Kohlberg chart of emotional maturity) where He realized what He needed to do and likely discussed it with His Father during one of His late-night prayer sessions with His Father.

That gives us a different way to view this otherwise difficult, bordering on the barbaric, view that jumps into our minds from time to time.

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