July 16, 2017
JOHN 8:1-11 NEW LIFE: IN MY WORST HOUR I MET JESUS
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 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. 7 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.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 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.”
All of us have something in our lives that, without Jesus, would be destructive. Mark Ongley, in his book, Into The Light, puts it this way: All God’s Children Got Monkeys.
We tend to HAMMER other people’s issues while ignoring our own.
Our attempt to OBSCURE our “monkeys” from each other imprisons us in brokenness.
Jesus meets us in our brokenness, not to condemn us, but to free us from bondage.
God has no interest in POUNDING us in the ground.
Jesus, I’m giving you new life, let go of the old ways, EMBRACE the new!