“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3.17
The greater question for those who wonder about God’s purpose in sending His Son to earth is answered for us in this verse. Since religion wants to put all the religious leaders into one pot and somehow define them as being the same, it is imperative that God the Father make His purpose clear.
John states a most powerful truth here in the simplest of terms: “ … God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world …” Jesus did not come to convince us that we are sinners. Even the most self-righteous among us knows in his heart-of-hearts that he is a sinner. It has been my experience that I don’t usually have to tell someone he/she is a sinner. The difficulty comes in trying to convince them God has provided a Savior.
The next phrase can stagger the mind: “ … that the world through him might be saved.” Do you see the magnitude of God’s provision? It seems somewhat easy to believe that He died for you or me. But “the world … might be saved”? It should come as no surprise to us that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3.16) Christ died for the sins of the WORLD and the price He paid at Calvary was just what God the Father demanded in order to save the whole world. So what is the problem? The problem is that the whole world does not know that Jesus came, and died, and rose again, in order “that the world through him might be saved.”
And WHY don’t they know? Because we have failed to “Go … into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16.15) The words from the lips of Jesus to go into all the world were addressed to the early church and the message is over 2,000 years old. The problem is not the “call of God” for us to go, but it is the lack of response from His children to agree to go. Is He calling you? And if He does, will you go? Just my thoughts …