John 3:16-21 is the ending conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus.
John 3:16 is possible the most known passage in the bible and the entire Gospel comes to focus on it. It was God loves for the world that God the Father sent God the Son to earth. “Whoever believes him shall not perish’ does not mean that they won’t die on this earth, but that they have eternal life – an everlasting life with God.
“Whoever believes” yes, the Gospel is for everyone and anyone. However believing does not mean just head knowledge of acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God or the Savior. It is putting our trust and confidence in Him that He alone can save us. It is to put Christ in charge of our present plans and eternal destiny. We need to come into conclusion that it was very costly for God to give us this salvation so freely – only by faith.
John 3:17-18 Jesus did not come the first time to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him (2 Peter 3:9). I don’t think that the Christians are called to condemn the world either, although sound judgments and discernment should apply to our lives, we are in no place to put people into condemnation for God along is the ultimate judge. We are to shine the light and share the gospel with others – giving up our own comfort and will, so that others may get out of the real condemnation that is coming. For, the second coming of Jesus will not be the same.
John 3:19-20 The light exposes darkness, and since the fall, men like to live in darkness; we don’t like to be exposed of our sins and darkness that entangle us. We like to think that we are not that bad. But what the bible tells us is that we are worse than we really are. We are so far from the glory (Rom 3:23) of our Creator and we are on our way for eternal punishment. When Jesus came down to earth, He came to fulfill the law, which we couldn’t do on our own. The only way to save us was by showing the truth, the way and the life — it was to expose our sins and show us that we needed to reconcile with God Himself. And no, we didn’t like that, so we hung him on the Cross. Jesus Christ Himself defeated death from the cross and made the way for us. Believe in the Son!
John 3:21 Let us come to the light. Let us confess our sins, guilt and shame at the foot of the Cross so that we may be healed (1 John 1:9), so that we may receive eternal life in the Son of God.
Remember these themes in John. God the Father and God the Son. The Kingdom of God.
Light and Darkness. Eternal life and condemnation. Truth and evil.