“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” – John 3:17-18 (NIV)
If there really is a God, and He is a God of love, He wouldn’t really send someone to hell, would he?
Some folk’s picture of God is of an angry being, on the ready to punish eternally anyone who would dare cross Him. Other folks have a picture of God where He is this loving, sweet grandpa type being, who just loves everyone so much and wants to give you a hug all the time. Well the truth is, there will come a day when everything that has established itself against God will be eternally removed from His presence, but as for this moment in time God is doing everything He can to draw us to Himself.
The issue of whether we will spend eternity in heaven or hell is not something that God will arbitrarily decide one day. That issue is decided right now, by the choice we make either to believe that God sent Jesus to take away the sins of people, or to believe that there is another way we can get God to like us enough to let us into heaven. God is doing everything He can do so that we can be eternally connected to Him. He sent Jesus into the world to die on a cross and take away our sin, He raised Jesus from the dead to give us living proof that there is life after life, and He has given us the Bible and the testimony of believers everywhere to share the good news about salvation.
Today’s passage lets us know that God wants to see the world saved, not condemned. God knows the reality of either being eternally connected to Him or eternally separated from Him. Do you?
Talk to God today about these things. If you are not a believer in Jesus you now know enough to call on God, asking Him to forgive you of your sins and get started in being eternally connected to Him. If you are already a believer, thank God for His salvation today. Thank God for the people and events in your life that led you to that decision, and ask God to make you as passionate to see people connected to God as He is.