This week’s scriptures include John 3:16–“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him my not perish but may have eternal life.” We used to see this at every televised football and baseball game, but thankfully that isn’t the case anymore. It may seem odd but the pivotal word in this verse in my mind is “so” and our understanding of it. We usually understand it as “God love the world so much that he gave his Son” but what if we understand the “so” to mean “God loves the world in this way”? God’s love is demonstrated, not in the giving of the Son, but through the cross, the resurrection and the ascension–the lifting up. Just something to think about.