John 3:16-21 was in our Advent reading for yesterday. What great HOPE… and what great disappointment… can be found in these few verses!
There is the great hope of God’s love. He loved this world so much he gave his son. The hope of this world is LIFE in Christ. Jesus’ intention is not to condemn.
These are incredible words.
“God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that world might be saved through him.” (v. 17)
That just has to disappoint the Fred Phelps crowd.
But before the universalists rejoice, there is another sobering thought in this passage.
“For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.” (v. 20)
God’s great love is extended to them. He calls out with the hope of redemption. And they refuse.
Talk about breaking the heart of God!
There are people who would rather embrace their own darkness that receive the incredible light of God. In this Advent season, let the light of the Savior come into your world and bring hope once again. God’s heart is that you don’t love the darkness more than you love his light.
He came. He offered.
It’s your call.