I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.  If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.  The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.    -Jesus Christ  (John 12:46-48, ESV)  

Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world—it’s already condemned.

We can remain right where we always have been—in darkness—or we can come to Jesus.  It gets no plainer than that.  I remember coming to Jesus the first time.  And now it is a way of life.

I can’t count the times he came to me.

That Jesus didn’t come to point fingers at all of us sinners may not sound like news, but it is.  It’s news that needs repeating over and over and over again.  We can be sure that to present Jesus as the one who will forgive us no matter what—even if we fail to trust him—is not to present Jesus at all.  But presenting Jesus as the grand condemner as the soap-box preachers do—as some sort of hell-bent nut intent on sending as many people to hell as possible—isn’t the Jesus of the Bible either.  But the good news will never change no matter who attempts to re-write it—Jesus came to save sinners and to somehow make saints out of them—not to throw stones at them.  John 3:16 could easily be the most recited verse in the Bible—but the verse that follows is as good as any in the Holy Scriptures. 

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.    (John 3:17, ESV)

He came to save those who would simply trust him enough to come to him.

Period. 

For those of us who wish to put Jesus into a box and somehow fit him into the small ideas we have about him—we need to think again.

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