We All Are the Woman Caught in Adultery, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 99)

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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.

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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 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.”

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.

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.

———-

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.

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.

———-

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.

We All Are the Woman Caught in Adultery, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 96)

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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.

———-

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 96.

Thomas Watson said, “God is more willing to pardon than to punish. Mercy does more multiply in Him than sin in us. Mercy is His nature.”

How does Jesus respond to the accusers of the woman caught in adultery? When we last looked at this story yesterday, we saw that the intention of the religious leaders is to trap Him and discredit Him. They set up this woman (or at least they had knowledge of her adulterous affair beforehand), they brought her to Jesus with the required legal evidence of her infidelity, and they put the question to Jesus: ‘Jesus, you’re a great teacher, you’re a rabbi, the people respect you. What do you think should be done in this situation? Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?”

The religious leaders thought they had Jesus in a bind. If He said ‘stone her’, Jesus would have abided by the Jewish law, but crossed the Roman authorities who had taken the administering of capital punishment away from the Jews. On top of that, the Jewish leaders would be able to show the people that Jesus was not as merciful as they may have thought He was. They would have been able to say, ‘See, He’s just like us. No need to get excited about Him.’

However, if Jesus said the woman should not be stoned, they would have been able to accuse Him of being a lawbreaker and a false teacher, one whom the people should not listen to because He opposed the law of Moses. Either way, the religious leaders thought they could make Jesus look bad.

Jesus did not respond in either of the ways they expected of Him. Instead, He “stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.” The long-debated question is: What did Jesus write? The simple answer is: We don’t know. Some say that Jesus wrote the names of the accusers and started to list their sins. Some say that, by writing on the ground, Jesus was reminding the Jewish leaders that God Himself had written the law on stones hewn from the earth, simultaneously pointing out to them that He was God — writing a new covenant in the earth. Others say Jesus was writing a new law of mercy akin to the law of judgment written in the Old Testament. Some have pointed out that the Greek word for writing that is used here can also be used to communicate the drawing of pictures, so they say that Jesus was simply doodling on the ground as He pretended not to hear the religious leaders.

One thing is for certain: the woman’s accusers were confounded by this behavior. Jesus silent? They couldn’t believe it, so they kept on asking, ‘Jesus, what do you say we should do in this situation?’ The Bible says Jesus “lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

Once again, Jesus demonstrates His role as Creator God by showing His superiority and command of the Law. You see, the religious leaders had the letter of the law down pat. “This woman, caught in adultery, must be stoned.” They were right, but God holds His people (and all people) to a higher standard. He requires that our hearts and minds be pure and holy when we come to Him. And that is a test the religious leaders failed.

It is also a test that each of us would likely fail as well. We present ourselves as righteous, when, in reality, we are just as sinful as the woman caught in adultery (and probably worse). The invitation for you is the same as it is for the known 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, 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.”

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.

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.

Caught, Condemned, and Cleared All in the Same Day

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #78 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: John 8:1-11: “Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. 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. And 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 Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 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. 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. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 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. 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? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

The story of the woman caught in adultery is a very familiar story to most of us. Normally, however, when we look at this story we focus on the woman’s self-righteous accusers and their hypocrisy. Today, I will not be focusing on this story from that persepctive. Rather, I want us to focus on the woman and the beautiful message of salvation that this story holds for each of us.

1. First of all, I want you to notice that the woman was caught in her sin.

2. Secondly, notice that this woman was condemned by the law.

3. Thirdly, this woman is cleared by the Saviour.

+ Plus, listen to Linwood Dillard singing “The Old Account Was Settled” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”