The signs John 3:16 were everywhere at sporting events in the late 1980’s through 2000, especially at NFL football games. They were held up by an individual wearing a multi colored large wig. I asked a friend today, about John 3:16 – he said “The first thing I recall is a guy at football games.”

How many of us ever picked up a bible to read the words which were in the actual verse we saw on the sign at sporting events? I did. After reading the scripture, I thought more about the person than the verse. I wondered if it was the same person at every game. Why did he do it? I really did not reflect on our Lord much. With time, now I reflect on the verses.

As you read the rest of the scripture after verse 16, our Lord truly is the light. He humbly became a man to save us, but not until He illuminated Himself and His Father to us. He removed our darkness.

I am very happy to be in the light, the brightest light, given to us by Christ. The light of Christ helps me see things more clearly. Without that light, I stumble and fall in the darkness. But with Christ shining the way for me, I feel drawn towards Him and confident in His love. How may I reflect the light in a world that needs more light?

—Bob Thomas is Executive Director and CEO of Rainbows for All God’s Children, Evanston IL