For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. – John 3:17
What is the first thing you think of when you hear an accident or disaster has happened? What if you know a loved one lives nearby? We want to ask them, “Are you safe?”. God wants to keep us safe in ways we may not even imagine.
Here is the situation: God loves us, and He wants us to enjoy that love. But we have chosen to both ignore God and go against Him. We are blinded by our own wrongs, and value our own pleasure rather than seeking a relationship with Him.
He sent His own son Jesus to show us His love. He wants to save us. But what does “save” really mean? Let’s contrast it with what Jesus doesn’t do. He doesn’t condemn or judge us, even though we don’t live the way God wants us to, even though we deny who He is, even though we continually ignore or misuse His love.
It would be easy for God to say “just forget it, I’ve had it with them.” Instead, He showed us He cared in the deepest and most profound way possible, by becoming one of us. More than that, He showed us how to live, and provides a way to be forgiven through His death and resurrection. This is what “saved” means.
We were in a precarious situation. We were telling the Creator of all things that we didn’t need Him, and didn’t care if He loved us. Think for a moment what a disaster that would lead to, and it was exactly where we were headed. But God has a provided a way out of it, a way for us to be kept safe and brought to a place where we always will be safe.
He does not judge us, He does not leave us, He does not condemn us, He does not let us continue into catastrophe. He saves us!