Condemned Already

John 3:18-20

Following the great message of hope in verse 16, we are presented with this incredible message of condemnation. The message of condemnation is not a popular message. Most religions deny condemnation or explain it away.

- The Jehovah’s Witnesses say there is no hell. - Far eastern religions and the new age movement teach reincarnation instead of judgment. - Roman religions teach a period of suffering followed by release from purgatory. - The Humanist has rationalized that God would not send anyone to an eternal everlasting place called hell, with real fire.

Man inherently knows the crime must be paid for, but he wants to compromise. He wants to make no choice, but that is impossible - to not accept is to reject!

God sent His Son into the world to save the world, but this does not mean that everyone is automatically saved. In fact, some are condemned and doomed. Jesus reveals man’s condemnation in our text this morning.

I. Who is Condemned?

II. When is the unbeliever condemned?

III. Why is the unbeliever condemned?

During the early days of his ministry, D.L. Moody had launched a series of meetings in Chicago. He spoke on the life of Christ. The text placed Christ before Pilate. Mt. 27:22 "What shall I do then with Jesus, who is called Christ?" Moody concluded by saying: "I want you to take this text home with you and turn it over in your minds during the week, and next week come to Calvary and the cross and decide what to do with Jesus.

The date was Oct. 8, 1871. Later Moody would call this invitation the greatest mistake of his life. Because, unknown to them, even while Ira Sankey was singing a final hymn, fire engines began to sound in response to the beginning of the blaze that would be known as the Great Chicago Fire. Over 1,000 died in this fire. Some of them were in that service.

Come to Jesus today! Do not put it off ... "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18)