Faces Of Grace – June 6, 2016
John 8:1, but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn He appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around Him, and He sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do You say?” 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning Him, He straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Yesterday, I began preaching a new sermon series titled, “Faces Of Grace.” I titled it “Faces Of Grace” for a reason, and the reason is simple. We all need grace. Each of us needs grace, both men and women, young and old, and single or married. We are the faces of grace.
Sunday, we looked at John 8 where the woman was caught in adultery and some wanted her stoned. In the the story, Jesus said in John 8:7, “…Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Do you remember what happened? They all left because they were all guilty of some sin, even if it wasn’t that sin. Then Jesus looked at the woman caught in adultery and said to the woman, “Where are they? Has no one condemned you?” And she responded, “No one, sir.” Now read these words Jesus said in John 8:11, “…Then neither do I condemn you…Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Now that is what you call ‘grace.’ You see, grace is all about God not condemning us and instead freeing us from all condemnation and giving us the ability to leave our lives of sin! If you are carrying around the baggage of a sinful past, read these words of Jesus again, “Then neither do I condemn you…Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Think about that…and have a grace filled day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D