For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3 :17
Everything we are as Christians is because of the cross, the empty tomb, and the risen Savior. God sent Jesus to redeem us and to set us free from the penalty of sin. We must always remember that the story of Christianity isn’t about condemnation but salvation. Everyone, that believes in Him and repents of sin, will be forgiven and becomes part of the family of God by spiritual adoption. What a privilege it is to be called a child of God! This is only possible because Jesus was willing to die on the cross and defeat sin/death by rising from the dead. In doing so Jesus brought God His Father glory and honor. Jesus’s desire to honor His Father by being obedient unto death continually brings Him glory today, for God is glorified in every person that experiences His salvation. This makes life extremely important; for all who go by the name ”Christian,” acknowledges the risen Savior and his power to save. We are the continuation of this redemptive story. So how should this story be told by your life?
First, by giving a clear message that His coming was not to condemn but to save. Condemnation was already a reality. Jesus didn’t need to come reminding us of that fact but rather to give us hope. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10 ESV ….. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a LIVING HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 ESV
Second, by teaching the world of His salvation. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts4:12 ESV …. Jesus said to him, “ I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 ESV
Third, by living with anticipation of his return. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:2-3 ESV
Other religions have made many claims, but only Christianity can boast of the eternal living God. You can visit the graves of those who many have followed, but there is no grave for the Christian to visit…….only a empty tomb. Thank you God for no condemnation and for salvation that overcomes the world … even death. May my life be a continuation of this story until His return.
Because His Grace ~ Pastor David