Why fear something that isn’t here yet? That is a question we could ask everyone who fights to kick Christ out of schools, out of government, out of the public eye. Why do they fight so vehemently against someone they don’t believe in? Why refuse to accept His authority if you don’t believe in it? By fighting against any authority, you give validity to that authority. In essence, you say you have to fight for freedom from the authority you claim not to believe in.
Many in the Old Testament saw God as a loving God, a God who loves, but they never thought God loved them. They lived a hard life then. We want to think we have it hard in our world today. Some very much do in disadvantaged countries. In the third world countries and most countries dominated (oil baron countries the exception) by Islam or Sharia law life is hard and still in many cases. There are certainly people who live hard lives in our world today. I praise God every day I live in America where I have the luxury of worshipping in a church. I don’t have to scrape or forage for food every meal. Real poverty is homeless, hungry and humble.
In the first century at the time of Christ all people outside the palace had a hard life. Certainly most of the Jews suffered hardship as part of every day living. Exempting the wealthy, life was tough, dangerous, perilous and just a daily challenge to have a meal. When Jesus began presented himself as the Son of God, some wondered if He was the judge of all the earth (Gen 18:25).
In John 3:17, Jesus lays these suspicions or fears to rest when He tells Nicodemus that the Son of God came to save not to judge. God’s Son is on the mission of love mentioned in verse 16. God’s son has come down to give life eternal. God’s Son is the giver of life, not the harbinger of death. The Son of God is the light of the world and in Him is no darkness. He will illumine the path to eternal life through faith.