Did Jesus Come to Judge or Not to Judge? John 3:17, John 9:39

Did Jesus Come to Judge or Not to Judge?  John 3:17, John 9:39

Judgment-phobia is everywhere.

Even Christians are rebuking fellow Christians for talking about sin. 

I wrote about the misuse of Matthew 7:1 in "Judge not!".

But what about John 3:17
"God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world." 

Let's study that verse in context.

Did Jesus Come to Judge or Not to Judge?  John 3:17, John 9:39
In the verses immediately following 17, Jesus judges sin and sinners (John 3:18-20)

In fact, Christ makes many judgment statements in Scripture. In John 9:39, Jesus says, "For judgment I have come into this world."  

Is this a contradiction?
No!

John 3:17 explains Jesus didn't come simply to judge. Many translations more accurately use the word "condemn."

Judgement is a necessary part of redemption: if a man thinks he's well, he'll refuse the medicine you offer. If he knows he's dying, he'll eagerly take the cure. 

Jesus didn't come simply to condemn/judge men and tell them they were dying. He came to tell them they were dying, but He has the cure.

Artwork: Billy Frank Alexander

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