Guest Editorial: 3:16 in retrospect

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Three: One: Six—3/16—Is it just another day on a calendar, a random series of numbers or something much more?

Two years ago, on March 16, 2020, we received instructions to shut down everything involving the gathering of people. Schools, churches, businesses and more shut down in fear of a new unseen enemy—a virus. The hope was that a two-week shutdown would slow the spread of infection. Our country and the world were navigating new territory, and the future was very uncertain.

On that day, March 16, 2020, I was busy making signs for the doors at the college where I worked. The signs were necessary to alert students about the closing.  As I made the signs, for some reason, I abbreviated the date to 3.16. While taping the signs to the doors the numbers 3.16 caught my eye, bringing to mind the great promise in the Bible, spoken about Jesus Christ in John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life”

John 3:16

This was a reminder to me of the anchor of hope we have in the midst of fear and uncertainty.

A lot has changed in last two years. We are experiencing a way of life that we never could have anticipated; two years of uncertainly, fear and loss for many people.

As we face the anniversary of that first closing and the beginning of a world in tumult, we can hold fast to the unchanging hope we have in Jesus Christ, our North Star, in a confusing, dark world. He is truth and light.

A high school youth group in California is challenging Christians everywhere to use whatever platform they have to share John 3:16 today, Wednesday, 3.16. 2022.

Share the hope you have in Jesus Christ with someone on Wednesday, March 16 (3.16)!