Read John 3:16-18
16-18 This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. (THE MESSAGE)
There are some who argue that God chooses to save some but consign others to damnation. They argue that this is not unfair because none of us deserves saving anyway. And so we can’t complain because people are getting what they deserve and the fact that some do get saved is a testament to God’s mercy and grace.
Such apparently logical arguing fails to take seriously texts like our one today. True, none of us deserves mercy and if God didn’t bother about any of us we can’t complain about injustice. But God is repeatedly shown to be a God who is rich in mercy, who wants all to be saved, who sent Jesus to make salvation possible.
So it would be strange if he had earlier decided that some would not be saved. His love offers salvation to all, even though not all accept it. If we reject it, then it is not because of some distant decree of God but because of our free choice. Such freedom of choice is repeatedly stressed in this text and other scriptures.
God is indeed a God of righteousness and justice, unable to tolerate human sin. But Jesus has dealt with that on the cross. So mercy is freely available to all who freely admit their need of it. Mercy triumphs over judgement and love triumphs over logic.