I find today’s verse entirely appropriate for what we are celebrating, especially as we prepare our hearts for resurrection Sunday.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17
This of course is after this famous verse in John 3:16 (anyone else have to memorize this one as a kid?)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
God sent His son, our Savior to save us.
There is nothing we can do, or could do to earn this love.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Again we receive the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
In John 3:17 we are told than God did not send His son to condemn us but to save us.
Save in this verse comes from the root word, “sózó” which again means to, ” save, heal,rescue, deliver.”
This same root word, sózó is the root word for “Salvation” which is the, “the act of being saved or rescued through faith and belief in Jesus Christ.”
I can’t help think of the word, “salvage which means, “rescue, reclaim”.
Interestingly enough my toddler daughter is in a phase where she likes to destroy things. (Let me preface that with I’m talking mostly about her ripping up papers, or bending a toy too far once way, I think it stems from curiosity rather than malicious intent.)
Once day I left an important paper on the dining room table as I stepped out of the room for a few minutes to take care of her little brother, I come back to find her seated on the floor smiling with several pieces of paper all around her, in tiny, tiny pieces. I was so upset, I needed that exact piece of paper and I had no choice but to try to salvage what I could from the wreckage on the floor,as I attempted to piece this document back together. I took what looked the pieces with the important words and left the rest, but even then I was struggling to make sense of what I had pieced together.
Our attempt to salvage something is not the same as God’s salvation.
When we salvage something we do the best we can with what we have in order to make do, but when God saves us, He gives us the best He has (His son) to claim us.
Our Savior takes ownership of us, once we receive salvation we are promised eternity.
We are sealed with the Holy Spirit.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-14
Friends, I hope you enjoy your Saturday, I don’t have a specific action point or additional scripture for today, so enjoy! Tomorrow I have a song to listen to that has the word Savior (PERFECT as we celebrate Easter!)