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For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. [John 3:17]
Now, people say, “See, it says right here that Jesus didn’t come into the world to judge the world.”
The word send, is the Greek word apostello, which is the word from which we get our word apostle. It simply refers to sending someone forth as a messenger on a mission. His message was not a message of judgment. Why?
Look on to the first part of John 3:18.
He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already ...
Jesus did not bring a message of judgment, because the world was already under judgment. In other words, why condemn an already condemned world?!
No! When Jesus came to planet earth, His purpose for coming was clearly spelled out by the angels. They said to the shepherds, as recorded in Luke 2:11,
Not a judge, not a teacher, not a healer, not a philosopher . . . a SAVIOR!
Taken from "Reborn - The Decision (John 3:16-19)" by Wisdom for the Heart Ministries (used by permission).