Words from the Heart for Thursday March 5th, 2020
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3:17 (NKJV)
The World Might be Saved
In October 1813, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles de Salaberry and 460 troops, mostly French-Canadian Voltigeurs light infantry, turned back 4000 American invaders along the Châteauguay River, south of Montréal. British regulars defeated a second American column at Crysler’s Farm, in eastern Ontario. In December 1814, Britain and the United States signed the Treaty of Ghent and returned all captured territory. Canadians took justifiable pride in their role in the war, but Canada’s security had been preserved mainly by well-trained British regulars. Canada had been saved.
If you were born into a Christian family, chances are one of the first verses you memorized was John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” This is a wonderful verse and has been properly called the Gospel in a nutshell. But I remember as a child also memorizing the next verse – John 3:17 – and loving it just as much: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” I have always been aware of how far short I fall, on a daily basis, of God’s call to be perfect as He is perfect. As a child, it struck me that Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save. That was great news to a child who loved God. To know that He came to remove my sin and give me a new heart, instead of condemning me as He could have was wonderful news that brought great joy to my young soul. It still does. And it should for you.
These have been words from the heart.