Too Wonderful for Words!
16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.
1 So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus.
These verses describe for us the love of God towards us human beings.
When God created us and put us to live on the earth, the aim of this was to have fellowship with us: that we would include Him in our individual lives. That would achieve two purposes:
it would make God happy - not that He is ever sad, because He is always full of joy in Himself
it would cause us to live a purposeful and fulfilled life, thus making us happy.
Unfortunately, human beings decided that including God in our life was too confining: it didn't enable us to access all the knowledge that was available to us. We were convinced that if we could access all the knowledge that was available, we would be truly happy.
So we stepped outside the boundaries of God's love for us and we turned our backs on His goodness and we sinned.
Having done that, we discovered that the only knowledge we gained was the knowledge of evil, which immediately began making our lives profoundly unhappy, since we now discovered awful things like guilt and shame and regret and condemnation: things that God's goodness never wanted for us!
But the biggest drawback of having knowledge of good AND evil, was that we discovered that contact with evil shut us out of God's presence, a place of supreme joy and fulfillment for human beings!
The choice we made to be, in effect, our own god and go our own way: this broke the heart of God, because not only did we lose out on fellowship with Him, but He also lost out on fellowship with us: which was one of the reasons He created us in the first place!
God also knew that WE could not bridge the gulf that had opened up between humans and Himself.
HE Himself would have to bridge that chasm.
So the Lord Jesus came to the earth: "For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3: 16)
The Lord Jesus came with the express purpose of becoming the sacrifice for human sin and disobedience, so that when we put our trust in Him, our fellowship with God could be restored as good as new!
And just in case we are not clear as to what that means, we learn this in the next verse: "God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it." (John 3: 17)
This means that when we, without reservation, rest our life in the hands of Jesus, His Blood sacrifice on our behalf wipes out our record of sin before God. That means that we can have access to the presence of God as sinless as the Lord Jesus is. This also means that before God we know
no more guilt and
no more shame and
no more regret and
no more condemnation.
This is the most wonderful news in the world. The Apostle Paul calls it "a gift too wonderful for words!"
Father in heaven, the knowledge that You would go to this extent to show Your love for me: this just blows my mind!
Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for taking my place in death, so that I can have eternal life in You.
Today I place my heart and life; my past, my present, my future in Your hands.
Cleanse my life by Your Blood and give to me the joy of no more condemnation in my inner person, which is one wonderful thing Your sacrifice of Your life opens up to me.
Today I open up my life to You, and I receive all the benefits of Your dying on the cross in my place.
Thank You for Your gift, which is indeed too wonderful for words!