Thursday 17th October, 2019

Theme: Not Condemned

Passage: John Chapter 8 Verses 1 to 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.”

*This is the Word of God: Thanks be to God: *

MEMORY VERSE: John Chapter 8 Verse 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.”

MESSAGE: The Theme for today is Not Condemned: A sinful woman was apprehended in the act of adultery. The Jewish leaders decided to be so specific, “in the very act,” they acknowledged an important point: they knew the identity of the male participant! What is the significance of that? Well, it is this: the Old Testament code demanded that both the adulteress and the adulterer be subjected to the same penalty see Leviticus Chapter 20 Verse 10; Deuteronomy Chapter 22 Verse 22 Where, then, was the man?

These accusers were themselves in stark violation of the law. Had Jesus been under a commission to render a civil judgment in this case (and he did not come to attend to such matters—see Luke Chapter 12 Verses 13 and 14), he could not have countenanced this “kangaroo” procedure.  Jesus then said to them “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” The accusers abandoned their prey. The Lord arose and inquired of the woman. “ where are they? Has no one condemned you?” Christ then added: “Neither do I condemn you.”

The Greek word for “condemn” is a strong one, katakrino (the prefix kata strengthens the root form). It suggests handing down a judgment, passing sentence. The Lord was informing the woman that she was not judicially sentenced. He was not sanctioning adultery, nor minimizing the lady’s wickedness—rather. Christ was commenting on the legal aspect of the situation. With the accusers gone, there was no case left! The witnesses were required to throw the first stones Deuteronomy Chapter 17 Verse 7 without them the matter could proceed no further.
God grants forgiveness as a free gift to all who put their trust in what Christ did in dying on the cross for their sins. His free grace then becomes the motive to live in holiness to please the one who gave Himself for us.
Are you weighed down by guilt of sin or under heavy condemnation because of a particular sin? Just humbly confess the sins to Jesus and ask for His forgiveness. He will graciously forgive you and take away the burden of condemnation. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans Chapter 8 Verse 1.

English Methodist HYMN Book number 356
1. GREAT God of wonders! All Thy ways
Display the attributes divine;
But countless acts of pardoning
grace Beyond Thine other wonders shine:

Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and tree?

2.In wonder lost, with trembling
We take the pardon of our God;
Pardon for crimes of deepest dye,
A pardon bought with Jesu’s blood :

3.Pardon from an offended God!
Pardon for sins of deepest dye
I Pardon bestowed through Jesu’s
blood I Pardon that brings the rebel nigh

4.O may this strange, this matchless grace,
This God-like miracle of love,
Fill the wide earth with grateful praise,
As now it fills the choirs above

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You are my only dependable Advocate, plead my case and set me free from every accusation and condemnation. Amen.

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