Daily Word

Dark Deeds Exposed | John 3:17-21

17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him].

19 This is the judgment [that is, the cause for indictment, the test by which people are judged, the basis for the sentence]: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For every wrongdoer hates the Light, and does not come to the Light [but shrinks from it] for fear that his [sinful, worthless] activities will be exposed and condemned. 21 But whoever practices truth [and does what is right—morally, ethically, spiritually] comes to the Light, so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—accomplished in God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence on Him].”

John 3:17-21 (AMP)

Saved, Not Condemned

Jesus now elaborates on the gospel message of verse 16. God didn’t send Jesus to condemn or judge mankind or to bring final judgment which would bring an end to the world. Rather, His mission was to save those who would believe. “Jesus will eventually judge everyone, but that was not God’s purpose in the Incarnation. Rather, it was to provide salvation for everyone through His death on the cross.” (planobiblechapel.org)

Condemned already

One reason Jesus didn’t come to condemn is that due to sin and the breaking of God’s law, people stand condemned already. He comes with light, with good news, and hope to rescue those who believe in Him. Many choose to reject this, to reject the light. Why? They don’t want their evil deeds to be exposed for all to see. As we shared yesterday, all men know they are sinners and will be judged. They fear that judgment.

The Good News

Christ has come. He took the judgment due us. We don’t need to fear coming to the light.

<- Reflection ->
  • Is God calling you to come to the light?
  • What can this tell us about sharing the gospel? What keeps people from believing?
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