Notes from the Journey with the Disciples – 209

  1. “As for the person who hears my words, but does not keep them, I do not judge him” (John 8:47).

What does this mean? Isn’t Jesus the One to whom all judgment has been given? The next verse will reveal that this statement is a matter of focus. Jesus will tell us that He came to save, not to judge. Yes, the day will come when judgment is His focus, but His mission then, and our mission now, is to save. Think of all that has been lost by religious people choosing to judge rather than save. Many have used their faith as a license to judge the acts of others. For Jesus, such action is off mission and actually counterproductive to the work that the Father had given Him–and us–to do.

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