Preparing for Sunday

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. – John 3:17

When he declares that he did not come to condemn the world, he thus points out the actual design of his coming; for what need was there that Christ should come to destroy us who were utterly ruined? We ought not, therefore, to look at any thing else in Christ, than that God, out of his boundless goodness chose to extend his aid for saving us who were lost; and whenever our sins press us — whenever Satan would drive us to despair — we ought to hold out this shield, that God is unwilling that we should be overwhelmed with everlasting destruction, because he has appointed his Son to be the salvation of the world.

John Calvin, Commentary on John: vol 1, Christian Classics Ethereal Library: Grand Rapids, page 93.