Jesus did not come into the world to judge the people but to save them from an eternity of suffering. He didn’t bring condemnation but instead good news that can change our lives. He is a light in a very dark world. Forgiveness is extended to all of those who believe he is the Son of God.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
John 3:16 has to be the most famous verse in the Bible, but the verses that follow right after are just as essential to our faith. Jesus tells us that he did not come to condemn the world but to save it. There is so much condemnation out there today. People point fingers and bring judgment against those who don’t believe the way they do. The church is just as guilty of this as anyone else.
Believe in the Son of God
We are condemned because we don’t believe in the name of Jesus. Don’t miss this critical point. We don’t condemn anyone, but their disbelief condemns themselves. That only happens because they refuse to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
Reject the Light
Why does this happen? Because the Light has come into the world and people loved the darkness more than the Light. Jesus was the light in a very dark world. People reject Jesus because they love their sin more than they desire to be changed. They hate the light because it exposes their love of the darkness.
Don’t be discouraged when you try to witness to others and they reject you. It has nothing to do with you or how you treated them. You brought the light into their life, and they are rejecting it. Any attack they bring against you is because their sin has been exposed. Love people enough to see through their comments. Ask God to give you the heart to keep ministering to them. Be the Light in a Very Dark World.