Sunday, February 9th, 2014: Interactions with Jesus Series "Jesus and the Adulterous Woman"

The #1 perception of Christians is that they are judgmental.

Q) How can we change that misconception?

 

The Jewish leaders brought to Jesus a woman caught in adultery and made her stand before Him. 

     “They stated Moses’ law commands us to stone such women.  Now what do You say?”            (John 8:2-5)

 

1. Creatively discern & address the real issue  (Jn 8:4-6)

a. If Jesus said “no”:  He would violate the Law of Moses

If adultery, both are to be killed     (#7 of 10 Commandments)

“If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife – both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.”

                                                (Lev. 20:10; Deut 22:22)

b. If Jesus said “yes”:  He would violate Roman law

  • Offend Roman leaders
  • Jews not allowed to carry out their own executions                                                         (John 18:31)

Jesus was the actual intended victim.

Notice the motive is not about the woman or her sin…it is about trapping Jesus to have a basis for accusing Him!

                                                          (John 8:6)

Observe video clip

2. Defuse the accuser:                          (John 8:6-9)

  • Jesus knew that the motive was to accuse Him
  • He confronts them to consider their own past choices
  • He states if any of them is w/o sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.   They leave - older ones first.

 

Q) What does Jesus write in the sand? 

  1. Names of the men who were accusing her?
  2. Sins these men had committed & match to names?
  3. The 10 commandments?

3. Address the sin & forgive the “sinner”:        (Jn 8:9-11)

  • He creates a safe place & restores gently
  • He addresses her issue; not making light of her sin
  • She responds honestly

He declares with great respect and tenderness:

  1. Then neither do I condemn you      (Past forgiven) 
  2. Go now and leave your life of sin (Future clean)

            (Christ is saying – starting now…stop it!)

  • Responsible to make proper life choices
  • New relationship with God, men & self
  • Hope for the future - clean slate

 

Jesus stands ready to forgive any sin in your life. 

Confession and repentance mean a change of heart.

 

4. Practice “Ask for Forgiveness” over “Say I am Sorry”

a. Saying “I am sorry…”:

  General tone of saying “I am sorry…”:

  • IF I offended you” – no ownership of wrong action
  • but YOU did…” – blame other person; justify self
  • WHAT is the BIG deal?” – pride, frustration

 

  Motivator: By external rules; Admit if caught

  Change:  No change until caught again

  Focus: I was caught; rule is wrong

 

b. Asking for Forgiveness:

  General tone of “Asking for Forgiveness”:  humility, ownership, confession, desire to make a wrong right

 

  Motivator – Internal - Police yourself; Admit before caught

  Change: Self change, no “police” needed

  Focus:  Broke God’s law; hurt others

 

4-Step process of Asking for Forgiveness:

1. “I did….”

2. “I admit that I was wrong”

3. “Please forgive me for…”

4. “I commit to not doing that again”