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John 12:46-48

John 12:46–48 (ESV): "46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 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. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day."

The word of the day is propitiation. It means, "turning away of anger by the offering of a gift, to satisfy." Jesus is our propitiation. He became sin who knew no sin that we might become the righteousness of God. He is our gift! Those who receive Him will not be judged for their sin for Jesus satisfied the righteous requirements of the law for us. Those who don't receive Him will be judged and condemned eternally.

Jesus came into the world to save people. He is the judge of all but His first coming was a mission trip to save the world. He didn't even condemn the religious leaders although many will be condemned on judgment day because they failed to believe in Him. The penalty of sin must be paid and the wrath of God satisfied. Jesus did this for any and all who would believe in Him. "Oh Praise the one who paid my debt and raise this life up from the dead!"

What is the mission of a Christian? We are the ambassadors of the first coming of Christ. That means we too are sent into the world not to judge but to lead those in darkness to the light of Jesus Christ. Beware of looking down on people stuck in darkness. Be a friend to sinners as Jesus was. Love them into the light. Not in the sense of overlooking their sin, but understanding how else will they hear unless someone is sent? Judgment is coming for all who are in darkness. Shine the light of Jesus and make disciples. Teach them To observe all that Jesus has said, Amen?

Father, thank You for sending Jesus as our propitiation, our satisfaction of the law. We know judgment is coming, may we as representatives of Christ share the Good News with the lost that they may experience the same propitiation we have we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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