Day 13 - John 3:16-21
Points to Ponder:
1.What did Jesus come to do?
2.What did Jesus NOT come to do?
3.What is the good news in the answers to both questions?
4.What reasons does give us to NOT be afraid of coming out and confessing sin?
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. – John 3:20-21
Lord Jesus, this is such a great section of Scripture. There is so much gospel and good news in it. You didn’t come to condemn the world. You came to save the world. You came to forgive sin and to save from condemnation. I always ask myself the question, then, why don’t people come out of their dark deeds that would condemn them? But I know how I am. When I’m sinning, I try my best to cover it up. I don’t want to come out with it and confess. I even get more entrenched in my sin and go deeper into my sin. Your light exposes me and I don’t want to be exposed. But Lord Jesus, in exposure there is such freedom and grace. In you there is such life. Because as soon as I come out with my sin and confess, just then my sin is forgiven and forgotten. Just then condemnation disappears. Just then you welcome me into your family. Lord Jesus, keep me from hiding my sin and holding on to it. Keep me from getting entrenched in my sin and my sinfulness. Keep me from this, dear Jesus! Help me to see that in you there is forgiveness. There is no sin in my life that you cannot and will not forgive and wash away. Keep me from the sin of Cain who kept on in his sin and would not repent. Lead me like David to repentance and so save me from death. Amen.