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Did Jesus Come to Judge the World?
If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. - John 12:47, ESV
When Jesus said "I did not come to judge the world," did He mean that it doesn't matter whether people believe in Him or not? Did He mean that all roads lead to God and each one should just choose their own religion and their own way to God? Well, no. That's not what He meant. But if not, what did He mean when He said, "If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him"?
The world without Jesus is full of darkness, and people who do not believe in Jesus are already trapped in lies. Jesus makes this clear over and over again. He is the light which shines in the darkness. He is the truth which frees us from lies. He is the life that overcomes the death that dominates this world.
In John 3:17-18, the verses that follow one of the most famous verses in the Bible, Jesus had said, "
- If we're convinced that we're basically good and right and that we know and live according to the truth on our own, then it seems rather unreasonable that Jesus would say that we must accept Him and His words in order to have eternal life.
- But if we understand that, on our own, we are spiritually dead and blind and walking in darkness, the the news of one who comes as the light of the world, the giver of life and the truth that sets us free.
Prayer Based on Psalm 45:
grace is poured upon your lips;
therefore God has blessed you forever.
Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
in your splendor and majesty!
In your majesty ride out victoriously
for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!
The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;
you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad.
All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
In many-colored robes she is led to the king,
with her virgin companions following behind her.
With joy and gladness they are led along
as they enter the palace of the king.