15 March: John 3.14-21

Jesus said, ‘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. Those 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. And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’


The Gospel reading, from an early chapter in John, alludes clearly to Jesus’ eventual crucifixion, and the healing and salvation that this exaltation of the Son of Man on the cross brings.

The photograph is a bronze sculpture of a stout wooden groin with a wave breaking over it. Of course, one instantly then sees the form of a cross. But, in addition, the bronze evokes the dimension of time passing. The tide will go out, and the cross will be completely exposed. And then the tide will turn, and come in, and again the cross will be submerged.

For me, this dynamic image captures something about the way the cross, while variously present in my mind, or completely submerged, is still always the hope securely rooted in the bedrock of my being.