By: Chad Hyatt
Reflection—v. 17, ‘God did not send the Son… to condemn the world…’
God did not send Jesus into the world to condemn it. That might come as a surprise to those of us who have listened to a lot of preaching about Jesus; we preachers do more than our fair share of finger-pointing to make up for Jesus’ lack of it. But God, whom the Bible consistently portrays as the only just judge of human injustice, does not rise to condemn us. That in itself is surprising. But what John says next leaves us speechless: we condemn ourselves. We cling to darkness and make war with light because we think shadows cover our wrongs. The implication is clear–and it is devastating. God has no need to judge us, for we have already judged ourselves. We are fully aware when what we do is wrong. And we would rather hide it–justifying, rationalizing, excusing, and blaming–than change it. But we are fooling no one–least of all, ourselves. The light comes to us, not to condemn us, but because we need it to find our way out of the dark.
Prayer Jesus, lead me from the darkness of deception into the light of truth.