The purpose of Jesus is not to Judge the World but save it
By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writer)
The Gospel of John can be divided into two halves, the Book of Signs
and the Book of Glory. This noble statement constitutes the end of
the Book of Signs.
It comes after the formal conclusion of the Book of Signs and sums
up the whole ministry of Jesus, bringing together sayings
pronounced on various occasions, touching on the major themes of
the teaching of Jesus which have been prominent in the gospel
readings since Easter. Especially prominent are the Johannine
oppositions: dark and light, judge and save, reject and believe.
The summary begins and ends with the unity of the Father and
Jesus, and so their union of purpose. Jesus underlines that the
purpose of his mission is not to judge the world but to save it, and
that the condition of salvation is to believe in him.
It is notable that John teaches nothing about details of Christian
morality: the conditions for salvation are only faith, not to live a
good life – oh yes, and love. But love is really part of faith!
The Gospel of the Lord teaches us That in loving you, Lord Jesus, we
may learn true love for your Father and his creation.