‘For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.’ John 3:17
Many people think of God as an angry head teacher or boss, quick to point a giant finger with scorn in the direction of those He sees from his lofty heavens above (think ‘Monty Python: The Quest for the Holy Grail’). It’s not helped by (what I like to call) ‘Bible bashers’ loitering on busy street corners, who only seem to loudly spew religious lingo of fire, damnation and God’s eternal wrath on those who will not repent, whilst brandishing an alien big black leather book.
Although ‘Bible bashers’ are right, they forget completely about how we came to know that this world is in trouble. If God had wanted to condemn the world, He wouldn’t have bothered sending his only precious Son (as seen in the famous previous verse of this), not only to live a set apart life but to take on all of the world’s deserved punishment for rejecting Him – the most excruciating death any human being could bear.
Jesus came not to condemn, but to provide an escape, a way out for us who realize that we can never live up to the impossible expectations God has for us, as we have openly rebelled against Him. If we accept Jesus’ grace, ask Him to completely wipe away all that has wronged Him and that He'd help us live His perfect way instead of our own, we are saved by the Saviour.
If I rack my brains, I cannot think of anyone else who would love us this much, who would forgive us completely and who would promise His adopted children the skies, despite our previous disowning of our Father. May this incredible truth never leave our bodies, minds and hearts, and let’s thank our Saviour for His everlasting love for this needy world.