John 3:36

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

I was reading John chapter 3 the other day and came to the last verse (verse 36) in the chapter which says:

“He who believes on the Son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides upon him.”

It made me think and even start questioning God. If God is a loving God (which I believe He is) then why does He exercise His wrath on humanity? Where’s the love in that?

Then it hit me that we by default are already under God’s wrath due to Adam and Eve’s choice to sin in the Garden of Eden. This help me understand this verse better.

Because of Adam and Eve’s choice in the garden mankind has been brought down a much harder road than what God may have originally desired for us. Mankind chose sin and the consequences of sin is death. It was our choice to sin, not God’s. God is the opposite of sin, He is perfect and He is life and so by His very nature He stands against sin, and because God is against sin, we who sin fall under His wrath which is directed towards sin. Even though He hates sin, He loves us who sin which is what John 3 brings out and which is an important point to understand. If you put yourself in God’s shoes for a moment you’ll see His predicament because of our choice to sin. He is left with two choices: to try to save us from death which is the consequence of sin, or to let sin triumph over us through our death.

John chapter three reveals the extent that God is willing to go to save us from the mess that we ourselves could never escape and that we fell into because of free choice. Because He loves us He sacrificed His treasured gift, Jesus, to defeat the death that sin brings.

It also shows the respect that God has for free choice which also comes from Him, and which really is an act of love on His part. Even with His sacrifice to save us He still has not overridden the majesty that we have to choose even when it comes to our own salvation.

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