Verse of the Day Devotion: John 3:17
“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” – John 3:17
This verse comes just after probably the most famous and well-known verse in all the Bible. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16. God loved the whole world. He loved us and gave us a way that we can be reunited with the Himself. And we know what that was, it was through the death, burial and resurrection of His only begotten Son. And it is because we believe in the Christ, that we are saved.
In Genesis we read the following, “The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” Genesis 3:14-15. In the very beginning God told Adam and Eve that there would come a seed of Eve that would defeat the serpent, which is the enemy that rebelled before God created them. And this is what happened when Jesus came. Through His work on the cross, He defeated him and provided a way that man may be rectified with the Father. This is important, for there was no final condemnation for anyone here during His first coming.
And this is what our focus verse is saying. God did not send Him here to condemn the world. He was not sent here to judge or pronounce judgement on anyone. His whole purpose was to provide a means by which man may be saved. He was the sacrificial lamb presented as a sin offering for us, since our own sacrifices were insufficient to restore the relationship broken in Genesis 3. For, according to the Law, the lamb that is sacrificed must be perfect with no blemishes at all. We are far from perfect. Therefore, anything we would do, even in dying, would not be recognized. And this was why He had to come.
We now have the opportunity to be reconciled and have a very loving relationship with Him if we simply believe. When He comes the second time, it will not be to provide a means of salvation, but it will be to condemn those who did not believe and chose the worlds ways rather than God’s, and to take to our final home those of us who truly believe. There are many in this world who still have not believed, and many who have not heard. It is important that we show them the love of God through the sacrifice given. For now is the time for people to hear and believe. Sometime, and I believe soon, that time of reconciliation will be over. We must go out and tell the world. It is our calling down here.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.