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John 3:14-21

New and Better Life

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John 3:14-21

New and Better Life

By Lois Parker Edstrom

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Have you ever seen an old building in such poor repair that it looks as if it is about to fall down? It could be a shed, a barn, or even an old house.

Sometimes the owners may decide the building is so weak and shaky that it must be taken down so it will not injure someone. When that happens, the word that is used is condemned. People say, “That old building has been condemned.” There is just too much wrong with it. It can’t be repaired or given new life; it must be taken down.

This may seem shocking, but people can also be condemned. When we find fault with someone we send a message that they are not good enough, like a building that is no longer of use.

You may know what it feels like to have someone disapprove of you. It is an unhappy feeling. No one likes to have someone tell them they have faults and weaknesses.

Jesus speaks about this idea in the Bible. He said, “For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge (condemn) the world, but that the world should be saved through him.”

This lesson teaches us that Jesus did not come into the world to find fault with us, to make us unhappy by pointing out all the things we do wrong, to punish us, or to condemn us. He came into the world to give us choices. He offers us love, forgiveness for the mistakes we make, and always a new and better life.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan