Lent Devotional • Day 21

Tuesday, The Third Week Of Lent (Mar. 9)

Narrated by Tim Riley

Not to Condemn, but to Save

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:17

This verse speaks to everyone who has been guilty of breaking God’s commandments, in thought, word or deed. We’ve all been unfaithful, hurtful, greedy, selfish, more than once. At the foot of the cross, we see what we deserve as people declared guilty by God’s holy Law.

God’s Son did not come to punish our guilt; he came to be wounded for our transgressions. At the cross we see how God, who created the world in love, still loved the world gone wrong—loved us enough to give his Son into death to give us new life.

If you can say, “He died for me,” then live not in fear of judgment but in the joy of God’s unconditional, eternal forgiveness and grace.

REFLECT: What does it mean for my life that I am declared “not guilty”?

PRAY: Immerse me, gracious Father, in the love your Son offers me from his cross. Amen.

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