Daily Lectionary: Job 6:1-13; John 3:1-21

“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)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Lots of people have lots of ideas about who or what “God” is. But John in the third chapter of his Gospel teaches us simply and clearly: God is the One who saves us from our sins.

Some people think of God as the one who is always looking over our shoulder, waiting for us to mess up. Or on the other side, God is like a good buddy who doesn’t really care how we live but always sticks with us until we don’t need Him and then conveniently gets out of the way. Some think of God as the Divine Judge who hands down the sentence of our doom. Some think of God as the “Supreme Being” without ever really saying what that means.

But Jesus teaches us who God is. First, because He Himself is God, but then also as He reveals the Father to us and sends the Holy Spirit to us. What does He teach us about God? He teaches us that God’s purpose isn’t to condemn and destroy us but to save us.

When Adam and Eve sinned, God suddenly became their enemy and they ran away. But Jesus teaches us that He has come from the Father for precisely this reason: to save us from our sins and bring us back to the Father. And so He does by His death and resurrection.

The Lord works, namely by baptizing us in this triune Name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism (which is what John 3 is all about) is the way in which the Triune God stakes all that He is and has on your salvation, bestowing upon you what the Son has earned by His death and resurrection, making you His child and washing away all your sins.

When the Son comes to us, He lives for us, dies for us and rises again and is always our God forever. You can know and take comfort in the reality that you are not condemned, rather you are saved. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Praise be to Him who, Lord Most High, The fullness of the Godhead shares; And yet our human nature bears, Who came as man to bleed and die. And from His cross there flows our peace Who chose for us the path He trod, That so might sins and sorrows cease And all be reconciled to God (Praise Be to Christ, LSB 538:3)

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