John 3 – Purpose
God, open my ears to hear from you today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read John 3
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 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.
Jesus is talking with Nicodemus, a religious leader of the day. Their conversation is centered on how Jesus is performing miraculous signs. Nicodemus is growing more perplexed with each response from Jesus. It is at the end of this conversation that Jesus provides an answer to Nicodemus’ question by revealing his purpose in coming to the world. After rooting the actions of God in love in one of the most popular verses in the Bible (John 3:16), Jesus tells us what he came to do on the earth. Jesus came to the world to save it, not to condemn it.
God’s whole purpose in sending Jesus to the world is to save and redeem people. Jesus has not come to pile shame and guilt upon us, but rather to save us. The world has already been condemned by the presence of sin. The chains of sin bind us up and creates a rift in our relationship with God. Jesus came to the world to free us from the chains of sin and restore our relationship with God. While Jesus did not come to condemn the world, his very presence presents the option to remain in the world and condemned or to find freedom and hope through himself. Jesus did not come to deepen feelings of guilt, shame, and condemnation. Jesus has come to save. Rejoice in that truth today. Out of his great love for you, Jesus has come to offer you salvation, to restore your relationship with God, and shape you into the person God has created you to be. Salvation is Jesus’ purpose.
Questions to Think Through
-What does it say about the heart of God that Jesus’ purpose is to save and not condemn?
-How does the purpose of Jesus shape how we relate to others today?
-Was there something that jumped out to you in reading John
God, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for sending him with the purpose of saving the world from sin and death. Help me point others to Jesus and why he came to the earth. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.