John 3:16-17For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Recently a co-worker and I attended training for certification in first-aid, CPR and AED. I’ve had opportunity in the past to take the classes, but never did because I’m not medically inclined. My children can tell you, when they were young and didn’t feel well, my general answer was “go to the bathroom” or “here’s a Band-aid.” Now, with some maturity and a refreshed desire to lend a hand, I am thankful for this chance to learn some basic skills that might help save a life.
Thank goodness, Jesus never hesitated to save lives. He not only healed the people around him, he died on the cross to save the lives of anyone who would follow him. John 3:16, a verse that I learned in Sunday school, tells me that Jesus came to earth so that I might go to heaven. As much as I love that truth, I appreciate verse 17 and the fact that he didn’t come to condemn me but to save me. I may never need to use my new skills to save a life, but Jesus saves lives every day. Praise God for his salvation! “We have heard the joyful sound, Jesus saves, Jesus save. Spread the tidings all around, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.” *
*Hymnary.org, Priscilla J. Owens