We All Are the Woman Caught in Adultery, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 95)

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TEXT: John 8:1-7

1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 95.

William Secker said, “Until we taste the bitterness of our own misery we will never relish the sweetness of God’s mercy. Until we see how foul our sins have made us, we will never pay our tribute of praise to Christ for washing us. If you would know the heart of your sin then you must know the sins of your heart.”

Today we come to the account of the woman caught in adultery. While no doubt a historical occurrence, the position of this story at this particular place in the Gospel of John has been a question of some debate down through the years. However, no one doubts it truthfulness.

After Jesus’ bold proclamations during the Feast of Tabernacles and the failure of the Jewish Temple guards to arrest Him, the Jewish religious leaders shift their tactics. They now decide that if they can’t silence Him completely, they can at least discredit Him or cause Him to trip up in a way that would be seen as scandalous in the public eye. After Jesus retreats to the Mount of Olives for a time of rest following the events of the Feast, He returns to the Temple early the next morning to continue His teaching.

At this point, we are told that “the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.”

Now, several things are sketchy about this scenario that make it plain that it was a set-up to trap Jesus. First, the man whom the woman was caught in adultery with is missing from the scene. It appears as though the man was being protected by the religious leaders.

Second, the religious leaders brought the woman into the Temple publicly. Ordinarily, the adulterer and the adulteress would be brought privately to the city elders before those who accused them of immorality. The fact that this took place publicly shows that the religious leaders wanted Jesus to react a specific way in front of a large audience as they were seeking to discredit Him.

Third, the religious leaders’ emphasis on the fact that they had caught the woman “in the very act” was a giveaway that they had been planning this scenario and had spies placed to act as eyewitnesses. Henry Morris points out that the standard of evidence for the accusation of adultery was very high under Jewish law. Two witnesses had to see the sexual act take place, and their testimony had to agree for the case to even be considered. Thus, due to these stringent legal requirements, accusations and punishment for adultery were extremely rare in Jewish society. The Jewish leaders were careful to make sure they met these requirements in order to (in their minds) bring an iron-clad case before Jesus.

The religious leaders knew Jesus was merciful toward sinners, people whom they looked down on. They probably had heard of other instances when Jesus had forgiven rather than condemned. So, they come to Jesus with the case of a sinner hoping to push Jesus into directly contradicting the Law of Moses so they could accuse Him of being a false teacher or worse. They said, “Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?”

The interesting thing about this situation is that the Jewish religious leaders are correct. Their own trickery in this case notwithstanding, they had the Law (and God, they thought) on their side. The penalty for adultery was death. Jesus, who was God in the flesh, Himself had decreed, “the soul that sinneth, it must die.” Everything was stacked against the woman. It should have been an open-and-shut case.

The position that the woman finds herself in is the position that each of us is in as well. We are sinners just as she was. We have done things in the dark that we would not like to see come to the light. We have lied, stolen, cheated, committed adultery, and engaged in other shameful acts. We can inject ourselves into this story in the place of the woman. The Law — God’s Law — is stacked against us. There is nowhere for us to turn. Sin must be punished, and God has declared, “the wages of sin is death.”

Each and every one of us are the woman caught in adultery — dragged red handed before the throne of God. We deserve the judgment the law prescribes. Our offenses against a holy and perfect God render us guilty and subject to the death penalty. But the Law, and the self-righteous and self-proclaimed defenders of the Law hadn’t counted on Jesus. They hadn’t counted on the fact that the one who created the Law had devised another way the Law could be fulfilled without every guilty sinner being condemned to die. That way was for an innocent and willing victim to take the place of the guilty sinner.

The innocent and willing victim who took upon Himself the sins of the whole world is Jesus Christ. By taking our sins upon Himself, He spared us the just wrath of God. On the cross, Jesus stood as a shield between us and God’s wrath. When the blows of judgment fell, they fell on Him instead of us. God allowed this to happen. He showed us mercy and allowed His Son to accept our punishment.

We can benefit from the gift of God’s mercy and grace today by trusting Jesus’ sacrificial act on our behalf. Otherwise, we squander the grace of God and we must pay a sin debt that has already been paid. But mercy can be benefited from only if it is accepted. If you want to receive the mercy that God has extended to you despite your sins, here is how you can accept Him into your heart and life today:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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