We All Are the Woman Caught in Adultery, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 97)

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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 97.

Charles Spurgeon said, “God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.”

The religious leaders who brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus viewed themselves as holy and righteous. They thought they were better than she was. They viewed themselves as untainted by sin, and, instead of helping the people whom they viewed as sinful, they despised and hated them. Little did they know, in God’s sight, their hearts were just as wicked as the heart of the woman caught in adultery.

They had deception and trickery in their hearts when they brought the woman to Jesus. They likely engaged in deception and trickery to catch this woman ‘in the very act.’ Their whole mentality was inverted. God values righteous hearts before righteous behavior. He repeatedly rebuked the Israelites for bringing sacrifices to the Temple in accordance with the Law while at the same time engaging in idolatry in their hearts and immorality in their homes. Jesus knew that the mask of righteous indignation the religious leaders put on was just that — a mask. They thought, like Shakespeare’s Macbeth, that “false face doth hide what false heart doth know.” But God saw their false, wicked hearts despite their false, misleading faces.

I pointed out yesterday that each of us can put ourselves into this story as the woman caught in adultery. We have all crossed the law and stand guilty before God. However, today, we can put ourselves in the place of these religious leaders. We love to talk about justice and the law when someone else is on trial. We love to accuse and point fingers. Adam and Eve started it, and we just carry on the family tradition.

But the fact of the matter is that oftentimes we unjustly and hypocritically point out the sins of others all the while same and similar sins are present in our own hearts and lives. Imagine Macbeth accusing somebody else of murder. Imagine Benedict Arnold accusing somebody else of treachery. Imagine Anna Karenina accusing somebody else of adultery. That’s what we do when we drag out somebody else’s dirty laundry. God says, ‘Go get your own clothes and let’s see how dirty they are.’ ‘Let he or she who is without sin cast the first stone.’

Jesus points out to these religious leaders that they themselves are sinners. If they are honest, they will easily see that what they are trying to do at this moment is sinful in the eyes of God. Yes, the woman is a sinner, but the religious leaders have no moral authority to accuse her and demand that she be punished.

Nothing could be more true than the fact that we ourselves often engage in the same behavior. We might not accuse others of sin publicly, but secretly, in our hearts, we condemn and judge. God is saying to us, Jesus is saying to us, ‘You don’t have the right to judge. You’re a sinner just like they are. You need Me just like they do. Don’t point your fingers at this woman kneeling in the dust. Come and get down on your knees beside her.’

Are you willing to do that today? You know you’re a sinner. You may not have been caught in the very act. You may not have even done anything that anyone could notice physically. But God sees your heart. You know your heart. The invitation for you is the same as it was for the adulteress and the seemingly righteous religious leaders. ‘Come to Jesus.’ He’s the only one who has a right to judge because He is holy and perfect. And, yet, He offers you mercy.

If you want to receive the mercy and grace that God has extended to you despite your sins, here is how you can trust Christ for your salvation today:

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 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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