We All Are the Woman Caught in Adultery, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 98)

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TEXT: John 8:3-9

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.

8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

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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 98.

John Piper said, “God hates sin. But pursuing holiness without a profound experience of grace in our own lives produces hypocrisy and doctrinaire cruelty. Jesus came into the world to provide that grace through his cross, and to establish holiness, righteousness, and justice on the foundation of our experience of his grace. So come to him for grace, and set your face to sin no more.”

The men who brought the adulteress to Jesus in the Temple thought they had an iron-clad case against the woman. They thought they had set up a situation that left Jesus no wiggle room. They thought they finally had Him in a position that would ensure His downfall.

But, they had not banked on the fact that Jesus, being God, had a much higher understanding of the Law and the balance of sin and retribution that exists in the world. Jesus turned the table on the woman’s accusers by focusing on their sin rather than hers. He said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

According to Jewish Law, the accusers were to be the first to cast stones at the accused. Jesus was basically asking these religious leaders, ‘Haven’t you done things for which you deserve to be stoned?’ They were no better than the woman. They had trespassed the Law themselves, and according to God’s Law, every one who sins deserves to die. Blood was the price of disobedience to God. That is why the sacrificial system was set up in the first place.

After His answer, Jesus “stooped down, and wrote on the ground” again. John tells us that “they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last.” The response of the religious leaders is to quietly leave one by one. Why they went out in order of the oldest to the youngest, we do not know. But some have suggested that Jesus was writing their names and their sins on the ground in order of their age. If so, they would have been stunned and shamed by Jesus’ supernatural knowledge of things they thought they had kept secret, and so they quietly left in order to avoid further embarrassment.

What was Jesus doing? Was He letting this woman off the hook? Was he saying that her sin didn’t matter? No, He wasn’t. He was pointing out that the religious leaders were taking God’s Laws and using them the wrong way. The Law was never meant to be a whipping cord — used to shame, embarrass, and entrap. Rather, it was meant to be a rule or guide by which we live our lives. It was meant to show us God’s standards, and highlight the fact that we cannot achieve those standards on our own. Galatians 3:2 says, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” The purpose of the Law is to show us that we need Christ, that we need mercy, that we need grace.

The Jewish leaders didn’t get that. They thought they could be righteous on their own. They tried to set standards for others to live by, becoming taskmasters more concerned with whether or not a woman pulled out a gray hair on the Sabbath day than they were about the greatest commandments — loving God with all your heart, mind, soul, and spirit, and loving one’s neighbor as one’s self.

Jesus, by teaching and by example, pointed out this erroneous interpretation of God’s nature. Remember: He came as Immanuel, God walking among men. He is the very image of God the Father. He knows best what the Law is for since He created it. It was meant for each of us to realize that WE NEED HIM — not just rules and regulations and retribution — HIM.

Unfortunately, the religious leaders walk AWAY from Jesus. They should have dropped to their knees beside the woman caught in adultery. Perhaps they would have if they knew what was going to happen next. Though they had been shamed, their pride prevented them from humbling themselves in light of their sin.

You do not have to make the same mistake they did. Jesus already knows about your sin. He knows all the things you have done wrong. Yet, He offers you mercy and grace.

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

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

Third, 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.” Also, the Bible states 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.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. 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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. 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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