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


The Father had a primary purpose in sending Jesus, the Son, into this world. Jesus came in order to pay the final sacrifice for all of this world’s sin. He came to die in order to end death’s hold on people’s souls. There were many things that Jesus did during His life on earth, but all of them were related to that mission of bringing people back into a relationship with our Creator. Even during the times that Jesus entered into confrontation with people who were living and leading others into lives that were in opposition to God’s will, who were sinning, He did so with redemption as the objective.


It seems to me that there is much for us to learn from this approach to righteousness. As followers of Christ there is no question that we are to live in a manner that is honoring to God and that follows the guidance and the dictates of His Word. Yet, the way that we apply this same righteousness to others is a place where caution, prayer, and consultation with other people who live out mature faith are essential. Jesus, Himself, routinely and regularly went to the Father in prayer for guidance, encouragement, and strength. We can do no less when we seek to serve as a voice of faith in our world.


That is exactly what I believe that we are called by Christ to be. As Christ’s people, we are here to do His will as we live out the day-to-day functionality of His redemptive work in each of us. That means that we can and should speak the truth of God’s Word to others and into this world; however, it also means that the purpose of this utterance of the word of truth is redemptive and not condemnational. The Father has granted Christ the authority to judge and to pronounce the resultant sentence; we are here to speak forth the experience of those who have been redeemed from death by the blood of Christ so that we live in the full freedom of His redemption.