‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And 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.
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
John 3:11. This bit of scripture was sighted on hand written posters at football games almost every Sunday when I was growing up. Having been raised Buddhist, I didn't understand what it meant.
Continuing my faith walk, I understood it to mean that God loves us and Jesus loves us as well. Jesus sacrificed for us to demonstrate God's forgiveness.
Now, I'm challenged to think about this scripture anew. So I've been wondering, what is eternal life?
It isn't like life on Earth forever. So what is it like? Will we have memories? Will we recognize friends and family? Will we still have enemies? Will we be able to make new friends? Will there be sunrises and sunsets? Will there be clocks? Will we eat? Will there be any cooking? What will eternal life be like? I guess some day we'll find out.
God, I look forward to the promise of eternal life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.