Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 3:14-21.
Jesus said to Nicodemus, "And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who 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 might not perish but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
"God so loved the world"
The Lord Jesus says: “Don’t be frightened by the cross, and don’t let it make you doubt what I am telling you.” The serpent that Moses raised up in the desert was effective by the power of him who commanded Moses to raise it up… That is how the Lord takes charge of the lot of human beings and suffers the pain of the cross, but thanks to the power dwelling in him, he made those who believe in him worthy of eternal life. At the time of Moses the bronze serpent, without having life, delivered from death those who were going to perish from the poisonous bite; thanks to the power of another; they only had to turn and look at it. In the same way, in spite of his mortal appearance and his sufferings, Jesus nevertheless gives life to those who believe in him, thanks to the power dwelling in him.
Jesus continues: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may not die but may have eternal life.” He says: “That is another sign of God’s love…” How could he say: “God gave his only Son”? It is obvious that the divinity cannot suffer. Nevertheless, thanks to their union, the humanity and the divinity of Jesus are one. Hence, although only the man suffers, everything that touches his humanity is also attributed to his divinity…
To show the greatness of the passion, Saint Paul says: “If they had known him, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Cor 2:8) In giving Jesus that title, he wanted to reveal the greatness of the Passion. In the same way, in order to show the lavishness of his love through the sufferings he endured, our Lord very rightly declared: “God gave his only Son.”