In our daily lives we often criticize and judge one another. It is easy for us to point out what is wrong with somebody else, but difficult to realize what is wrong with ourselves. Today we will study a passage that deals with this very subject.
II. BIBLE READINGS
John 8:1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 “Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (NKJ)
BACKGROUND: The Jews at Jesus’ time were under Roman occupation, like the Philippines was at one time under Japanese occupation. The laws being administered were Roman laws, and under Roman law, adultery was not punishable by death.
A. The Grace of God
1. The Scribes and the Pharisees were sure this time that they could trap Jesus. What were the only answers they thought Jesus could have to their question?
2. Try to put yourself in the woman’s place and describe her feelings in each succeeding verse as the narrative progresses. How would you feel standing before Jesus if the most shameful thing in your life had suddenly been made public?
3. Observe the steps by which Jesus directed His accusers’ thoughts towards their own guilt.
3a. What do you see about His method? Can you imagine what is going on in their mind at that time? Why do you think, the old went out first.
4. Did He condemn the woman who sinned?
5. What was people’s attitude towards the woman and what was Jesus’ attitude toward the woman?
B. The Accuser
1. Who is the accuser (the scribes and Pharisees) that we have now?
Revelation 12:10 (ESV) And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.
Satan is accusing every people on their sins. What are the practical example we experience?
C. Our Attitude Towards Jesus
1. Jesus give us Hope and salvation like what He did to the woman. What should be our attitude towards Jesus.
2. How do we apply this in our christian lives?
Every accusations of the devil, we can always go to Jesus. Through Him we always receive hope and grace of salvation because He love us so much. Today, let us altogether confirm our faith to Him as our confess that Jesus is our Lord and Savior.