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 a loved one has been near an accident or some kind of disaster — 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 wanted to make it very clear that He loves us and doesn’t want us to live that way, so He sent His son Jesus to show His love and also save us. But what does “save” really mean? Let’s contrast it with what the verse says 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 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, by showing us how to live, and providing 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. That is exactly the disaster we were headed for. 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 leave us, he does not condemn us, he does not let us continue into catastrophe. He saves us!

What are your thoughts?