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.
What is Jesus doing in the world? Here is the one-word answer. It is the Good News in a nutshell.
God so loves the world – everyone in the world – that Jesus comes.
And why does He come?
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
God’s love intends to save mankind from the penalty of sin. A sentence so horrible there is only one word for it.
Though man constantly rebels against God’s laws, Jesus does not come from heaven to punish, but to rescue. He gets personally involved – comes as a human - to suffer and die in our place.
Not only does the Son of God’s love save mankind from hell in the future, but this Teacher intends to save us from ourselves in this life. He keeps His students from becoming the persons they would naturally become without Him.
This is the essence of a Teacher-student relationship with Jesus – to become more like Him in character and life.
The question of all questions becomes, why then do not all people come to this love?
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
And perhaps for some, a love like this simply seems too good to be true. Am I of such worth?