What attracted me initially was the spoof of the Heroes logo but as I examined the design closely, I was drawn to the scripture verse at the bottom:
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. - John 3:17
In the very first post of my blog, I mentioned that one of the first verses we memorized in Sunday School was John 3:16. I still remember John 3:16 till this day but I don't recall ever being asked to memorize John 3:17 .
As I saw the John 3:17 verse on the T-shirt, my heart was deeply stirred because a lot of Christians (including me as recently as 5 years ago) are going about their Christian walk under a cloud of condemnation, as if God sent his Son to condemn the world!
Look at John 3:17 again! God did NOT send his Son to condemn the world. This is confirmed by Romans 8:1 - Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Even when we fail now and then, we must know that God does not condemn us. He sent Jesus to take care of that failure and "we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus." (Heb 10:19)
God sent Jesus into the world, not to condemn but to SAVE the world. We usually think of "save" here as in being rescued from the fires of hell. "SAVE" transliterated as sōzō in Greek means much more than that.
1) to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
1a) one (from injury or peril)
1a1) to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
1b1) to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue
1b) to save in the technical biblical sense
1b1a) to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment
1b1b) to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance
As you can see, through Jesus we also have protection, health and healing. Even before Jesus was born, his destiny was already established by God:
Luke 1:31 (NKJV)
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.
God revealed his will for Jesus through the very name that he gave: JESUS which in Hebrew is YESHUA - He Will Save.
For H3091; he will save; Jeshua, the name of two Israelites, also of a place in Palestine: - Jeshua.
It is God's will that He will save the world through His Son, Jesus and that is why on the night he was betrayed, Jesus prayed:
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Luke 22:42 (NLT)
So the next time you feel condemned for whatever reason, remember John 3:17. Memorize it!