Condemn: (v) to express complete disapproval
I am the John 3:17 of fame.
In other words, nobody really recognizes me as a top-notch scripture. But when I am perused by those who are in search of something a bit more intuitive, I await with a treasured thought or two.
Even though John 3:16 is the famous verse that tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth shall be saved,” it is actually John 3:17 that explains how the gig works.
If there were only a John 3:16, God could sit up there in heaven and act like Amazon, waiting for people to call in their orders, follow the catalogue numbers,
punch all the right buttons and deliver them salvation.
But God’s customer service is actually much better.
That’s what John 3:17 is about. It reads this way:
“For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.”
You see, I’m not so sure I’d want to be saved if I felt condemned.
I’m not so sure the threat of condemnation would frighten me into the arms of God. After all, I have a rather independent nature, and if I only read John 3:16, I might just walk away and say, “Screw you.”
But John 3:17 lets us know that God does not condemn us–that the purpose of Jesus was to create empathy and connection.
So while the world pounds away with its John 3:16 agenda, I’m going to hang around and remind people that they’re not condemned, they’re not judged, and that Jesus came to do more than bleed.
He came to let people know that they are treasured.
(click the elephant to see what he’s reading!)
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