What does John 3:35 mean?
ESV: The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.
NIV: The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.
NASB: The Father loves the Son and has entrusted all things to His hand.
CSB: The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hands.
NLT: The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands.
KJV: The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
Jesus frequently claims to have the Father's knowledge (John 12:49), power (John 5:36), and authority (Matthew 28:18). In this way, He claims to be equal to God. The gospel of John clearly says that Jesus is not merely similar to God—He is God (John 1:1; John 1:14). This is another useful demonstration of the Trinity, which is the idea that God is three persons in one being: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus' message is that of God, which is why a person cannot reject Christ without rejecting God (1 John 5:10). If a person will not accept Jesus, then they cannot be saved (John 3:18)—Jesus is the one and only way to the Father (John 14:6).
The fact that God the Father loves God the Son makes His willingness to send Him to us that much more amazing (1 John 4:9–10). Jesus' sacrifice on the cross was not just a gift, it was a very costly one.
John 3:31–36 describes how Jesus’ ministry is from God, but almost everyone will reject it. Verse 36 is an important footnote to the core gospel message, seen in John 3:16–21. Those who put their faith in Christ will be saved, but those who reject Him will face the wrath of God. This passage emphasizes the exclusivity of the gospel: there is absolutely no other way to obtain heaven, but through Jesus Christ. “Testimony,” and the need to believe it, are also crucial in this text.
John chapter 3 is one of the most important in the entire gospel. Many crucial ideas are explained in this passage, including the role of Jesus as Savior. After the loud, public commotion at the temple, John transitions to a quiet, nighttime discussion. These verses make it clear that Christ—and Christ alone—is the means of salvation for the entire world. This text also states that those who reject Jesus are rejecting God.
The gospel of John is meant to prove that Jesus is God. Chapter 3 contains some of the most direct, most important concepts in Christianity. The ideas of spiritual rebirth, and the need to believe in Christ, are reinforced by the rest of the information in this gospel. John continues to use contrast, moving from the loud and public temple cleansing to the quiet of this conversation. After Jesus injects humility into a powerful leader, chapter 4 will transition again, as Jesus gives dignity to an outcast stranger.
The gospel of John was written by the disciple John, decades later than the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The author assumes that a reader is already familiar with the content of these other works. So, John presents a different perspective, with a greater emphasis on meaning. John uses seven miracles—which he calls “signs”—in order to prove that Jesus is, in fact, God incarnate. Some of the most well-known verses in all of the Bible are found here. None is more famous than the one-sentence summary of the gospel found in John 3:16.
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