Archive for August 5th, 2017

John 8

John 8 has Jesus continuing to get under the skin of the Jews. He was risking His life, but He continues to teach. “Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them”. The common people listened and believed.  It was the religious leaders who could not deal with what Jesus said and taught because it was upsetting the applecart of how they had lived.  So they try to trap Him.  They bring in a woman caught in the act of adultery. They said “Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women”.

They wanted Jesus to tell them what to do.  “Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground”.  This was a careful and deliberate response from Jesus. Instead of making an immediate verbal response He stooped down. There have been lots of speculations made about what Jesus wrote that day.  Guzik gives us quite a list of possibilities:

  • Some think that Jesus simply doodled in the dirt. The verb translated wrote could also mean, “to draw.” (Morris)
  • Some think Jesus simply stalled for time.
  • Some think that Jesus wrote the passage in the law that condemned the adulterous woman.
  • Some think Jesus wrote out a passage like Exodus 23:1: Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
  • Some think that Jesus wrote the names of the accusers.
  • Some think that Jesus the sins of the accusers.
  • Some think that Jesus followed Roman judicial practice and wrote out His sentence before He said it.

We’ll not know for sure until we can ask Him someday in heaven.  But what He did say, when He spoke, was powerful and stopped the religious leaders in tracks.  “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her”.  He doesn’t fall for their trap.  He turns the question back upon them.  Then he writes a bit more on the ground before he asks the woman a question. “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you”?  Jesus knows they have all left, but He turns the focus on her and says “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more”.

Jesus then promises that if we follow, we’ll have life fully.  “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. Jesus is the source of life.  He reminds everyone that sin has a consequence.  “I told you that you would die in your sins, for  unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins”.  There is only one antidote to sin in our life – Jesus.  He goes on to describe what it means to believe and follow Him.  “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.  We learn how to follow Jesus by knowing the Word.  We have to get into that Book and know Jesus.

Sin is a real problem.  It will destroy us eternally.  “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin”.  As long as we have sin in our life, we’ll be a slave to it.  Jesus makes it clear that there is a difference between the slave, and the Son.  “The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever”.  Jesus is the answer to our sin.  We have to confess, repent and believe.  It’s not rocket science.  It’s a matter of giving up on ourself as the source of victory, and receiving God’s gift of grace to set us free.  “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”.  The promise has been given.  We merely need to receive it!

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