“God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” - John 3:17 NLT
We are no doubt all familiar with John 3:16, which directly precedes the above verse. “For God so loved the world that he gave …”. God will judge the world and everyone in it at the end of time, but Jesus did not come to judge any of us. In truth we condemn ourselves by our lifestyles, so judgment isn’t even necessary, but it will come nonetheless. Some folks simply don’t believe God would send anyone to hell. They are actually right about that. God sends no one to hell; they go by their own decision. If you don’t choose Christ then you are voluntarily going to hell for sin cannot abide in the presence of God.
Jesus, God’s Son and God as part of the Trinity package, was sent into our world. He didn’t come to spread doubt, fear and negativity, but rather love, mercy and grace. All these components lead an individual to God’s forgiveness. It is up to us to grab hold of that gift and apply it to your life.
There is no other way for man to save himself. He can’t buy forgiveness, nor can he conjure it up on his own. It is a gift purchased for you. Accept it if you will, reject it if you must, but understand that we have one shot at this thing called eternity. And doing things on your own just isn’t going to cut it. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.