What Jesus Did! 'God Sent His Son!' — John 3:17

Saturday, February 17, 2018

[Jesus said,] "God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him."
— John 3:17 NLT
Illustration of John 3:17 NLT — [Jesus said,] "God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him."

Key Thought

The world stands under the shadow of destruction. Were it not for God's love for us in Jesus, we would face that same end. God, however, is the Creator, the Life-Giver, and the Joy-Bringer. The goal of his holiness is not destruction, but redemption. The goal of his righteousness is not anger, but salvation. Jesus came to our world, a world headed for destruction, and placed God's stamp of grace upon it. He came to reverse the powers of decay, death, and destruction and put in their place permanence, life, and salvation. Jesus is God's great reminder to us that he not only loves us but that he also has only good and glorious intentions for our lives and our eternal futures.

Today's Prayer

O God, redeem my view of you and your intentions for me, just as you have redeemed my soul from sin. I confess that my view of you is so limited and earthbound. Through your Holy Spirit, fill my heart with an accurate, glorious, and gracious understanding of your intentions for my life. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 5:8-11
  • Romans 8:31-34
  • 1 John 4:9-10


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.