John 3:16-18 NRSVue
16“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.
17“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. 18Those 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.
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Some thoughts on this scripture
They looked down from heaven – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – with love for their people - for all of us. They could see men and women of all races, colours, ages, faiths, holiness and sin. They knew help was needed for the human race and they waited a long time before the time was right. Prayer inserts us into our true space of belonging – into the community of the Trinity, and in that prayer we are called to bring this divine help to the human race.