“That Less Famous Verse” ( John 3:17, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Father & Son / Vater & Sohn
Father & Son / Vater & Sohn (Photo credit: Malik_Braun)

Not for judgment — God the Father does not send Jesus His Son into the world for judgment purposes. In fact, that’s completely unnecessary for the world stands condemned already; judgment has been conferred; we are all doomed.

I am convinced if we start with this undeniable truth — that Jesus is a Savior and not a Judge, we might understand the level of His commitment to His Father’s purposes.

“For God sent not his Son into the world, that he judge the world, but that the world be saved by him.”

Jesus comes to earth to save, not to condemn. He comes to seek and save what is lost.

And what Jesus saves can not be lost.

“Not For Condemnation” (John 3: 16, ESV) by Carley Evans


“For God does not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3: 17)

God’s motivation is love, not judgment. God so loves the world that He gives His only Son as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. Christ’s life and death are designed to save, not to condemn the peoples of the world.

Christ comes to earth to save it and us. He comes to “seek and to save what is lost.” (Luke 19: 10) He comes not to heal those who are well, but those who are sick.