TEXT: John 8:3-11
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.
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 99.
Herman Hanko said, “If you go to the cross, it’s a miserable, wretched throng that’s gathered there. There are thieves there. And there are murderers there. And there are bums and beggars and prostitutes there. People that are dragged out of the alleys and byways of life are there at the cross. The wretches, the outcasts of society. They are all there. And if you want to go to the cross, you better join with those. And if you don’t want to be a part of those, all right then, go your way. Wrap your righteous robes around you and join the company of the Scribes and Pharisees. But the cross is no place for you to go, because at the cross you will only find sinners.”
In this story, we have mostly been focusing on the actions of the Jewish religious leaders and how Jesus responded to their devious plan to trap Him. Now, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of the woman in this passage. Yes, she was an adulteress, but imagine how she felt at this moment. Her privacy had been violated; surely she did not want word of her adultery spread throughout the city, much less broadcast in front of hundreds of people at the Temple who had gathered to hear Jesus teach. She was ashamed, she was embarrassed, she was guilty. She knew what the Law said about adultery, and knew she deserved to be stoned.
However, as she watched and listened to Jesus interacting with the religious leaders who had arrested her and brought her to the Temple, she likely realized that something other than a simple trial was going on. Maybe she figured out that she was the unfortunate pawn in some kind of sting operation. She saw that the religious leaders were using her and her failure as bait to trap Jesus. That probably just made her angry.
Maybe she had heard of Jesus, maybe she hadn’t. If He was indeed the great rabbi and powerful teacher of the Scriptures that everyone said He was, surely He would have agreed with the other religious leaders who wanted to stone her. Imagine her surprise when Jesus calmly dispatched her accusers by reminding them of their own sinfulness. That was probably the first time she and many others in the crowd had seen someone stand up to the hypocritical religious leaders and caused them to scurry away with their tails tucked between their legs.
Jesus, who had been writing on the ground as the religious leaders left, eventually “lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman. He said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?” I have no idea why Jesus asked this question. Clearly, He could see that the woman’s accusers were gone. But I think He wanted to call HER attention to that fact. She had been dragged into the Temple by a group of people intent on seeing her dead by the end of the day. Now, she stood alone, with no man willing to accuse her any longer.
When she takes stock of this fact, she answers Jesus, “No man, Lord.” Notice, how she calls Him “Lord.” Not rabbi or teacher or prophet — “Lord.” She doesn’t grasp everything in this moment, but she grasps something. She comes to realize that the only words that matter are the ones that come from the mouth of the Lord. Those religious leaders may have been right to condemn her, but their condemnation came out of self-righteous and devious hearts. Jesus alone is perfect and holy. He has the right and authority to condemn this woman for her adultery… But will He?
The Bible says, “Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee…” What an amazing turn of events for this woman — from death to life; from the end of the road to a second chance. “Neither do I condemn thee.” Despite the evidence stacked against her, despite the demands of the Law that left her as good as dead, Jesus says, “Neither do I condemn thee.”
This woman experienced the love, and the mercy and grace of God. She did not get the death she deserved; and she got forgiveness that she didn’t deserve. Some of us can say that we have experienced the same mercy and grace. Unfortunately, others of us cannot. But one thing is true: it is not too late. You can receive the same mercy and grace that this adulteress received from Jesus if you place your faith and trust in Him. Here is how you can do that 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.”
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God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.