TEXT: John 8:10-11
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
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 100.
Jeremy Taylor said, “Mercy is like the rainbow, which God hath set in the clouds; it never shines after it is night. If we refuse mercy here, we shall have justice in eternity.”
When the woman caught in adultery was dragged before Jesus in the Temple, she had no idea that events would turn out as they did. The best she could have hoped for is that Jesus would somehow negotiate a delayed execution. So, she was understandably stunned when all of her accusers walked away unwilling to cast even a single stone at her.
This woman was left alone with Jesus — the Jesus who had said that even He did not condemn her. Some might misconstrue Jesus’ decision not to condemn the woman to mean that Jesus is soft on sin, or that a person’s lifestyle is not important in the presence of God’s grace and mercy. But that is not true. It is not simply that Jesus did not condemn the woman, for in so doing, He condemned Himself to die on the cross. The woman’s sin had to be paid for. And even if this adulteress was the only person in the entire world who ever received God’s forgiveness and grace, Jesus would have had to go to the cross just for her. By forgiving instead of condemning, Jesus did not lower God’s standards; instead, He lowered Himself in order to meet God’s standards on our behalf.
That leads us to Jesus’ final words to the woman: “Go, and sin no more.” The woman still bore a great responsibility. If she accepted the grace of God, she was to change her lifestyle in acknowledgment of that grace. Jesus’ words literally mean, ‘Stop sinning, and continue on in the cessation of that sin.’ In other words, don’t relapse. Don’t do right for a little while and then slip back into your old lifestyle.
Jesus not only forgave this woman, but He set her free. He gave her a second chance, a clean slate. He said, ‘I’m taking care of what you’ve done in the past. You stop looking behind you. Look to those things which are ahead. Look at how you can live without the shameful sin and secrets of the past weighing you down. Go, and sin no more.’
For those of you who have just gotten saved, that is what Jesus is telling you. You’re free from the sin, the shame, and the guilt of your past. You are no longer a slave to those fleshly desires. Nor are you a slave to self-righteous religious leaders who see you wallowing in your sin, yet won’t put forth a hand to help you get out of it. You’re a new person — a free person. Go, and sin no more.
Eventually, we will all find ourselves in the exact same place as the woman caught in adultery — a place where we must face Jesus alone. Someday, someway, you will be there — a moment of decision where it is just you and Jesus. In this life and after this life, we will stand before Jesus, the only righteous and holy Judge. He has given you the option to avoid condemnation — if only you will receive the mercy and grace that He offers you. I hope that you make the decision to accept His pardon and the new life that He can give you. What you do with Him will determine where and how you spend eternity.
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:
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 email@example.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.