Monday, April 06, 2009

21 Days to a closer walk with Thee (Day 8)

Good morning!!! Today's focus verses are:

4They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6This 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.
7So 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.
8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9And 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.
10When 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?
11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Jesus treated her the same as He did the man in chapter 5. There was no need to condemn her. Instead he wanted to redeem her so she would sin no more and tell others about how Jesus saves. The men who accused her didn't really care about obeying law. Because if they did, they would not have sinned in their lives either. They were using her as a way to trap Jesus. But what they didn't understand was Jesus came to fulfill the law and in doing so give life and to bring light to this dark world.

17It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.
18I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
Deut 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
The only people that a truly able to bear witness to Christ are in heaven. So those on earth that set out to accuse Him were bearing false witnesses. Jesus was an innocent man. On the flip side, Jesus knew He came to die so in essence He was putting Himself on death row not because He was guilty but because we were and without the shedding of blood, there remains no remission for sin.

28Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
29And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
30As he spake these words, many believed on him.
31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed
Jesus speaks as Himself being lifted up on the cross and when He finally returns to heaven. It is then, after His death that many will understand what He said to be true. My Pastor once preached a sermon titled, "I quit before I got paid." He took it from Romans 6:23 for the wages of sin is death. When you work for sin and it's father the devil, you are a slave to it but the only pay you will receive in the end, is death. But when you decide to quit and work for Jesus, you are truly free.

42Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
All I can is just wave my hand at this one. Jesus BROKE it down and made it plain. He straight called the devil out and made it clear he is not to be trusted.

54Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:
55Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
57Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Exodus 3:14God also said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites:'I AM has sent me to you.'"
Remember when God said this to Moses? Well Jesus and God is one and the same. His role was not to come and have man praise Him but He knew His ultimate honor would come from God the father for completed His task. That is our goal as well. We all look forward to the day when God looks at us and says, "well done." In your journals tonight, just write how God blessed you today. Then I want you to read it and see how much God really loves you. Have a blessed evening. Q

1 comment:

cbean said...

Okay I am back tracking. Forgive my slippage. I read this and the whole time I envisioned Jesus just wanting to grab these folks by the shoulders and shake them. Everytime he would try and explain who he was they would come up with another "well, what about". It was like they had an excuse or a question for everything he said. Hell bent on arguing instead of listening!! Thank God I was not the one chosen to convince these hard heads because when you don't want to listen and keep questioning everything I say, I shut it down. Okay you don't wanna listen, you don't wanna believe what I'm saying, okay, mums the word. Peace out! Salvation is soooooooooooooo simple. Man makes it more complicated than it really is.