Updated: Jan 4, 2020
John 3:17 (NKJV)
17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
We live in a world today where many have rejected God. You constantly hear things like “when I get to heaven I will have words with God” or “how can a loving God…” fill in the blank. The same people that are angry with God do not take the time to understand scripture in a way that gives complete understanding. We often take little chunks of the Bible and try to form a complete picture, it would be like trying to complete a 500 piece puzzle with 100 pieces missing, you can take a guess at what the final picture could be, but it is far from complete.
This verse goes a long way in explaining away one of the greatest misunderstandings surrounding the life and death of Jesus. You see, despite what some people believe, Jesus did not come to punish the world, Jesus came to save it. Jesus did not come to make you feel bad about previous transgressions, He came to wipe them away. Jesus did not come to judge the world, He came to love it. Jesus died on the cross that you would not have to die a second death.
The words Jesus spoke should challenge us to live according to His Word, they should set us on a certain path. As a believer we should be continually studying our walk through this life, should be always seeking to be more like Jesus. However, Jesus did not come to condemn but to save.
If I am honest here, I could see why the world would look at Jesus this way. I could see a person feeling this way if a complete picture is not painted for them. But, who is going to paint that picture? We as believers should be a walking painting of God’s love. It should be our testimony that shows the love of the Lord each day. The world sees a dictator demanding His followers to act a certain way, to do certain things, to live life according to His plans. The believer may understand those demands and say amen… non-believers look at them in an entirely different light. It’s our job to show the world that these demands are not burdensome, in fact living a life of devotion to those demands actually leads to a better life. Show the world today why Jesus came, explain that it is not to condemn, but to save!
To the outside world, Jesus’ demands seem, well, demanding. It is our job, our duty, to show the world that the commands Jesus gives us are not burdensome, but they are a blessing, meant to help us live richer lives. Always be ready to give an account for your joy.
1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
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