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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

September 24 - Evening

"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through
Whoever believes in him is not condemned,
but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed
in the name of God’s one and only Son.

- John 3:17-18

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Messiah as Savior    

The concept of Jesus coming to “save the world” is familiar to the church, but when Jesus came to the Jews in the first century many of the Jewish sects had developed quite a different view of the Messiah’s criteria for salvation.

“The peoples of the earth…will be dragged into the Valley of Hinnom....Only Israel will remain in the time-to-come.” – Midrash Ps. 2:14

The Essenes at Qumran taught that only they would be saved and the world would perish. Most
cults and various mystery religions believe that only their group, church or followers will be saved. John makes it clear that the whole world can be saved through faith in Jesus. It is not only for a particular church, the Jewish nation, a sect of Judaism or a cult. Anyone who believes in Jesus
will be saved.

John stresses that God’s purpose is not judgment, but salvation. Yet, those who refused the
salvation would be like the shadows created by light. The purpose of light is not to create shadows, but yet, the creation of shadows is inevitable once the light starts to shine. So it was with the
coming of Jesus and the offer of salvation. The purpose was to save the world, but those who remained outside of salvation would remain in a state of condemnation. Without Jesus all men
are condemned, just as all is in darkness without light. The coming of Jesus brought salvation,
but if a person remained outside of Jesus they would remain in a state of condemnation just as an area of the room remains in darkness if it does not receive the light.

 How can Jesus be the savior if he himself said in John 9:30 that he would be the judge of the
world? This paradox is resolved by realizing that the natural result of a rescue crew being dispatched is the saving of the victim. If the rescue is rejected, then disaster will overtake the
victim. The offer of salvation indicates there is a need for deliverance. If this deliverance is rejected, condemnation and judgment are the inevitable outcome. The reason salvation is offered is because man is already condemned. The rescue crew does not engage in a rescue mission if
there is no one in need of rescue. The simple fact that the rescue crew has been dispatched
indicates there is risk of casualty, injury or loss if the offer of rescue is not received.

The offer of salvation itself implies the alternative, which is judgment.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent."
– Augustine



Something to Ponder??
Pope Gregory the Great 
(540-604) listed the seven deadly sins in 590.
Here they are with
their contrasting virtue:
3- Envy/Love;
5-Lust/Self Control;
7-Laziness/ Responsibility
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Rhutis (Gr) - Wrinkle (Eng) - rhutis was an indication of age, disease or overuse.
Wrinkles indicated something was not as good as it once was. Spiritually speaking,
God wants no wrinkles (Ep.5:27), or no rhutis, in his holy people's lives,
character or relationship with him. No aging! No diseases! No wearing out!
  The city of Beth Shean
in northern Israel shows
signs of its destruction
in 732 BC
at the hands of
the Assyrians. Charred remains of the fiery
destruction can be seen
This is in agreement with
the biblical account.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I think being a Christian is boring? Do I think it is getting old?
I will look for the ageless One who's mercies are New every morning to begin
doing fresh new things in my midst.
  " Put your outdoor work
in order
and get your fields ready; after that,
build your house."
- Proverbs 24:27
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) John 11 Esther 8-10
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

Map of Abraham's journey from Ur to Canaan. (click on image for a larger size)
A piece of decorated lintel from the Jewish Temple destroyed in 70 AD.
This may be a lintel piece from the gate that led onto the Temple Mount
above Robinson's Arch. (click on image for larger size)
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