Re:Verse passage – John 12:20-37, 42-50 (day three)
“I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.”
Indeed, why would Jesus judge anybody when we can take care of that job ourselves? I’m kidding. Or am I? Seriously, though, who’s up for a little more immediacy when it comes to bad people getting their comeuppance? Do you really want to go there, though? God’s slowness has some good things going for it. Consider the composer of Psalm 139 who prayed, “God, slay the wicked,” then turned around and said, “Wait a minute, you better check my heart first and forgive my sin before you do that.” Or consider Peter’s words telling us that what seems like a delay in God’s justice actually allowed you the interval you needed to come to Christ. There will be a time for judgment. Right now, we need a Savior.