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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.

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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 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.