He Came to Save


By Bill McIntyre

John 3:17–18,

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

It is very important to understand that God did not send Jesus in wrath against humanity but God sent Jesus to redeem humanity. This is an important framework to have in our minds as we think about God and as we think about why his son came into this world.  God did not come against us in wrath despite the fact that the way we treated him fully deserved his wrath.  God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world despite the fact that our behaviour deserved condemnation.

This statement gets easily taken out of its context and used to suggest that God does not condemn anyone. But that is not at all the point of what John is saying.  If you look at verse 18 you will see that God explains why he did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world.

The world was already condemned.

Jesus did not have to come to his creation to condemn it. The creation is already condemned.  Jesus did not have to come into this world to condemn us for our sins. We are already under condemnation from our sins and this occurred when Adam and Eve defied God.  John is moving our thinking away from believing that we are good people who are deserving of eternal life. We are not in a position where if we believe that if we do nothing then that means that we are safe with God.

Doing nothing maintains our condemnation. Something has to happen to change the outcome of our condemnation. If nothing else happens, then all of us will remain in the condemnation of our sins and, according to verse 16, we will perish.


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Further, to not believe in the Son is to leave ourselves in our condemnation. Do not forget what is so important in this chapter about belief. Belief is not acknowledgement or confession, but life transformation. Jesus described it a being “born again” and “born from above.” A new birth has occurred, which is also described as being born of water and the Spirit.

This is the new heart and new life that seeks to obey and desires the ways of the Lord. We must experience new birth in Jesus. Jesus is the only way out of our mess. Jesus is the only way to be set free from our condemnation. To use the imagery of verses 14-15, Jesus is the only way to be healed from the death sentence of sin. There is nothing for the condemned to do. The sentence has been passed.

God sent his Son to save us from his own just condemnation and wrath.

The need for salvation implies that there is a danger we need to be saved from and that danger is sin and death and the devil. But the most serious danger of all is the danger of the condemnation of God. If God is for us, then sin and death and the devil will fail to destroy us.  But if God is against us, then nothing can save us.

Christmas, the coming of Jesus, is God’s way of being for us—if we will believe. “He who believes is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already.”


         If you are reading this and you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour then start thanking him and continue to thank him for the rest of your days. If, however, you are reading this and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour then I pray that you will turn to him, repent of your sins and ask him to be your saviour. This, and only this, will save you from eternal condemnation and grant you eternal salvation.


This is the meaning of Christmas – He came to save us from divine condemnation



  1. Terri's Thoughts says:

    He came to save that which was lost and now we are found, we are a blessed people

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  2. Gosh, these are such important reminders, especially this time of the year. Thanks so much for sharing truth today!

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  3. So thankful for this truth! Something that we all need to be reminded of. He came for us!! Everyone of us is important to Him!

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  4. Jesus’ gift of redemption is more amazing than I could ever imagine. It is the ultimate Christmas present.


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  5. Amen! And what a sense of freedom when we realise we are no longer condemned because of Jesus.

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  6. ❤ This week I'm working on teaching my littles what Christmas is truly about, and this truth is another great one to add. Thanks for the reminder!javascript:HighlanderComments.cancelExternalWindow();

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  7. as long as we have Him – everything else is just icing on the cake 😀

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  8. He saved what we would never be able to find. 🙂 Thankful for his ever replenishing never ending ever living grace. 🙂

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  9. I love how you ended with calling believers to praise God for His salvation and calling non-believers to repentance! A great reminder to be thankful and prayerful!

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  10. threekidsandafish says:

    I love that He came as a baby, so humbling! We serve a mighty God!

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