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February 3, 2017, 6:07 AM

Standing in Line with the Crowd...


John 8 (NIV)

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

enlightenedTHINK ABOUT IT.

We have all sinned and fallen short from God's Glory (Romans 3:23). We have all made mistakes, and things that have set us back in Life. Jesus came to give us Life, and brought us forgiveness of our sins.

One thing that I believe most people miss about this passage is what is seen in verse 4, "Teacher this woman was caught in the act of adultery", "Caught in the Act". How was she caught in the act unless those that caught her, were in line? We are quick to look to the fault of others, forgetting our own faults, mistakes, failures and sins.

A very valid point that Jesus is making here when he says, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her". You see, this point with my point of view with the men who "caught her in the act" does make perfect since. (Of course, it made perfect since before as well.)

We, too many times want to be quick to kick someone else why they are down, grab the first stone we see, and shoot and ask questions later. Consider this, Jesus came as a redeemer for our sins, all of our sins. Anyone who would believe in Him and live for him. I AM, a Whosoever, and so are you. 

Before you go out picking up stones, do as Jesus did. Jesus stood with her through this time, encouraged her, showing her forgiveness, and telling her in verse 11 "Go now and leave your life of sin". When someone you know has fallen, pick them up and work to encourage them restoring them in Faith, share the hope of Jesus with someone today.

Blessings~
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

 

Romans 3:23 (KJV)

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Matthew 7:1-5 (NKJV)

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Galatians 6:1 (NKJV)

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

James 1:19 (NIV)

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

 


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